Having a plan and seeing it through until the end is exactly what Ghislain Sonier has set out to do with this beautiful black MKV GT3071r GTI. The 2.0T FSI engine has proven to be seriously stout, with some simple upgrades. So after a couple years sorting out esthetics Ghislain’s main goal was to give the car a little more get up and go.
Visually the car sits perfectly on some FK Coilovers, and rolls on an OE set of 17×7 and 17×8.5 Porsche Boxster Twists fitted with a set of H&R adapters. Outside you see a few simple mods which help set this car apart from the crowd. Upfront there’s a Votex front lip, smoked side markers and a skid plate to give the oil pan a hope against its constant battle with the pavement. The rear houses a set of R32 tails which gives folks something to admire as it drives by.
After nailing the looks Ghislain set out to finally bump up the power in the GTI to help get him a little closer to keeping up with his friends Mustang GT500. With no time wasted he contacted CO Motorpsorts to sort out the best options to satisfy his horsepower needs. After a few phone calls and emails, back and forth, it was determined what was needed to get the vehicle the power it deserved and satisfy Ghislain’s craving for speed.
With a solid plan worked out, it was not long after that the car was strapped with a Garrett GT3071r, Autotech HPFP, a set of RS4 Injectors and Eurodynes Maestro 7 tuning software to dial things in. The Godspeed front mount intercooler helped keep the air temps under control, while the Southbend Stage 2 Endurance clutch ensures the transmission has a fighting chance at getting some of the new found power to the ground. Now that CO Motorsports was finished their handy work it was now off to JD Racing to see what the car could put down for numbers. After a few pushes of plus button on the AME Tru Boost and a few small changes to the tune the car made 307whp on 91oct pump gas. With the engine still having stock rods the tune and boost levels were left on the conservative side to ensure the rods stayed true and in their place.
Of course like all true car guys, this is only the beginning for this MKV GTI. Ghislain already has his parts list in order for this winters upgrades. With many items on the to-do’s list the most important is to have the flimsy OE connecting rods swapped out with a set of Integrated Engineering drop in’s. With a stronger set of rods and an AEM Water/Meth injection kit to help keep things cool you can be sure the boost controller will be turned up once again to see what this setup can really make for power.
Be sure to keep an eye out for updates of this ever evolving GTI by clicking the “Build Thread” button at the top of the article. You’ll be sure to see some more great upgrades along with some action shots of the car at the track stretching it’s legs.
Spec List: 2007 MKV GTI 2.0T
- Engnie: CTS turbo kit with a GT3071r (307whp for now), rs4 injectors, Autotech high pressure fuel pump, Southbend stage 2 endurance clutch, Eurojet valve cover powder coated black, Eurojet oil catch can powder coated and anodized black, Eurojet diverted valve relocation kit, Eurojet catback, Godspeed intercooler, EM boost controller and AFR gauge, ECS Dogbone bushing, Eurodyne tune with maestro 7 and dyno tuned by JD Racing,
- Wheels/Suspension: FK coilover Sport edition plus, OEM Porsche Boxster twist wheels (17×7 and 17×8.5) with H&R adapters (ET35 with them in the rear) 215/40/17 all around
- Exterior: Votex replica lip, Open fog light grill to help the cold air intake breath, Smoked sidemarkers (mirror and bumpers), OEM R32 taillights, Stubby antenna, Aluminium skidplate
- Interior: Leather