When you’ve got it, flaunt it! We think that’s a pretty good motto for this car. Although at first glance there does not appear to be much done to Angelos’ MKV TSI, after you start to look a little deeper you can see that this GTI has a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you’re into stereo gear, stance, wide body, or horsepower, this has it all nailed down.
Once you take a walk around the car you start to realize this isn’t simply a GTI with a few bolt-on mods. A keen eye will notice the arches aren’t quite to spec compared to other golf chassis’. When a set of wheels he picked out didn’t fit quite right Angelo wasn’t deterred in the least. “Make’em fit!” was his only response. The arches have since been widened so perfectly that you can hardly notice that anything has been done at all. It’s a very subtle but effective mod that looks perfect when the car is aired out, gobbling up the 19×9.5 wheels in the rear.
Getting to some of the finer points of this car, it’s fully decked out with an Airlift air ride setup. Laying the car out while at the grocery store catches eyes’ for sure, but laying it out at the drag strip is something that most scratch their heads at. (more on that later) With the sub/amp set up just right you’ll find yourself wondering if you’re still cruising around in it or if you had been dropped off at the movie theaters. With the stereo gear, wide body, large wheels, and air ride most would think this is a piece of eye candy and nothing more. Well that’s certainly not the case with this GTI.
Although popping the hood doesn’t reveal much other than a small glimpse of an APR logo on the intake pipe, you can be sure there’s a lot more to this stock looking engine compartment. Digging down past the plastic pieces is a set of IE forged connecting rods and an APR Stage 3+ turbo kit installed by CO Motorsports. This combo put out a whopping 413whp and 365wtq on its first trip to the dyno. The 400+ wheel horsepower pull turned heads at the recent JD Racing Dyno day. While putting out numbers that put it in the top 10 for power, this otherwise stock looking engine bay held some disappointing news for anyone betting against it. As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover.
With the GT3071 strapped to the 2.0 TSI’s hot side, a Quaife differential was also installed to aid in getting some of that power to the ground. To make the car more useable at the track a set of BSH motor mounts were installed to keep the motor in place, and an ECS short shifter installed to make the throws quick and buttery smooth. Yes, we said track! This car doesn’t just look the part, but is put to the test a few times a year down the quarter mile, while the owner finishes up his full track-prepped drag car.
In this day and age lots of folks chase horsepower numbers which can sometimes leave a car not as fun to drive on the street. This GTI is definitely not in that category, and we have to say that APR hit the nail on the head with this one. It’s a perfect combination of power and OE drivability. With awesome fuel consumption and a full stable of ponies ready to work at your command you couldn’t ask for a better, dead reliable setup. With over 300 torque at the wheels at 3500rpm all the way to redline it’s safe to say this pocket rocket will definitely sit you back in your seat and keep you there for a long time.