Taking a car that is most often overlooked and turning it into something unique is a task only a specific few are willing to do. One thing is certain; Mark Munro made sure that his 2008 2.5L I5 Rabbit was not going to be neglected. At first glance many may think this Sage Green bunny is nothing but looks, but after a closer inspection one would notice this hare has much more to offer.
First objective of this build was to make sure it stood out in a crowd. Mark accomplished this by making subtle changes in all of the right places. The rear of the car was treated to a new hatch spoiler and color matched GTI rear bumper. A new front lip along with GTI side skirts completed the overall OEM look to this car. For a little extra comfort the interior received a set of GTI leather seats and a special edition golf ball shift knob. Now some of you may be asking, “what about the wheels”? they were not overlooked, he simply had other plans first.
Now that this Bunny looked the part it was time to embarrass the GTI owners. The issue was, not many companies were building performance parts for the 2.5L motor. Wanting more power Mark contacted CO Motorsports to find a solution. Emails, texts and phone calls were exchanged and before long a package from C2 Motorsports was on the way to bring this Rabbit to life.
As with most MKV engine bays, popping the hood doesn’t tell you the whole story. First glance reveals a C2 Quickflow Short Runner Intake that receives cool air from the new C2 front mount intercooler tucked behind the bumper. A precision T3/T4 turbo attached to the hotside of this 2.5L brings new meaning to the term “sleeper”. A Southbend Stage 3 clutch and full set of BFI engine mounts were added to give this Rabbit a chance of putting its new found power to the pavement. How much power do you ask? A recent trip to JD Racing showed results of 305whp and 288wtq on a mere 12 psi at redline. Its safe to say this 2.5L has a lot more power hiding in wait with more boost.
Mark had now built the MKV Rabbit that all VW enthusiasts were waiting to see. Everything was perfect, or at least we thought so. After wearing a set of Audi RS4 wheels for the previous few years, Mark knew the last piece to this puzzle was a new set of shoes. With many options to choose from he settled on a set of beautiful powder coated shiny and matte black CCW Classics. Built for the car, these wheels sit perfectly within the MKV body lines and complete the look of this show stopping Rabbit.
There is one final point that may leave some in shock. This car is not a garage queen or trailered show car. In fact with no carpeting or rear seats and the addition of a UNI brace to help keep the car from flexing during corners, many would say this is more of a race car than show car. Head out to Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie and you may find Mark putting his rabbit through its paces on the occasional track day. Proving yet again that this once overlooked Bunny is now a force to be reckoned with.
Spec List: 2008 MKV Stage 3 Turbo Rabbit
- Engine: C2 Quickflow Short Runner Intake, C2 Motorsports turbo Manifold, Precison T3/T4 Turbo, Precision 39mm wastegate, Southbend Stage 3 Clutch, 3” Downpipe, CO Motorsports 3” test pipe to 2.5” Eurojet Catback, C2 Front Mount Intercooler, Bosch 550cc Injectors, C2 Low Compression Spacer, BFI Engine Mounts, BFI VTA Catch Can, ARP Headstuds, Devils Own Water/Methanol Injection.
- Wheels/Suspension: CCW Classics Power Coated with Shiny black lips and Matte black centers, FK Streetline Coilovers.
- Exterior: GTI side skirts and color match GTI rear bumper, Matte black hatch spoiler and front lip, Stubby Antenna
- Interior: GTI Leather, Special Edition Golf ball shift knob, New South boost gauge, AEM Wideband Air/Fuel Gauge, Carpeting removed, Rear seats deleted, UNI Brace
Author: Zach Henry
Photos: Clayton Cole