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Tearing Up The Greens


The seven deadly sins have been around for ages, long conjured up to educate and direct people down the path of righteousness by projecting what to avoid while traversing the journey of life. Chief amongst those vices, although each and every one is dark in their own right, is greed.

You’d be surprised at how often greed rears its ugly head in the modern world and causes the downfall of something, all from just desiring more simply because. How does all this relate to the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk6 featured here you might find yourself wondering at the back of your mind while nodding in approval at the unsavoriness of greed?

Well for starters, plenty of petrol heads are guilty of greed when it comes to enhancing their cars. Sure the word of the wise echoes that power isn’t everything, applicable to non-automotive applications as well, but some of us are always willing to push the boundaries for that extra couple of ponies no matter how unnecessary or damaging it might be to the mill.

Here we have the Golf GTI of Riza Abdahir, a grade-A specimen that will be entered into evidence for the court in the case of ‘Horsepower is not everything.’ Although a very capable performer right from the factory, the iconic Golf GTI still finds itself lacking in the automotive equivalent of penis-envy when lined up next to its peers in the proverbial automotive latrine of the road.

Compared to the Honda Civic Type-R, Renault Megane RS250 and even the Mazda3 MPS, the Golf GTI doesn’t measure up in terms of power, coming in the lowest among the lot. That doesn’t mean though that you should go all out when modding the Golf GTI to achieve insane power figures that would more like kill the joy of driving a hot hatch rather than the opposition. In short, don’t be greedy for power and you just might end up with a ride like Riza’s.

Granted, 208hp is still sufficient to have some fun but tweaking it up just a little more wouldn’t hurt as long as you don’t overdo it. Riza opted for a mild tune to the car, yielding some impressive numbers for the amount of work done.

A gorgeous carbon fiber Gruppe M intake now handles induction duties apart from sharpening up the engine bay. Exhaling duties are carried out by a Remus exhaust system, giving the Golf GTI that extra bark when the pedal is floored as well as amplifying the backfiring sound when shifting up at the redline with the DSG.

Lastly, a Revoz reflash was performed to the ECU to loosen up the relatively safe tuning from the factory. With just those simple mods and the reflash, Riza’s Golf GTI now brings a much more respectable 250hp and 330Nm of torque to the table.

Even on the exterior, he didn’t overdo things and kept it simple yet subtly menacing. A combination of Revozport and Rieger components bring about the exterior kit of this car. Even with the bodykit on, the Golf GTI still retains some form of tameness. That being said, strike a gaze long enough and you’ll pick up on the vents and rear diffuser that let you know this car means business. Even the rear wing isn’t that noticeable. Of course, the gloss black finish does a good job of shading some of the outstanding lines. Completing the exterior are a set of LED tail lights from a Golf R.

Step into the working area and you’ll notice the subtleness seeped inside as well. A set of Golf GTI door sills greet you just as you cross your feet into the cabin while bits and pieces of carbon fiber trim from Osir litter the dashboard. Bear in mind that these pieces are real carbon fiber and not faux paus trim. The final piece of the puzzle is the RNS 510 navigation and audio system for Volkswagen cars.

The rolling stock for the car has been beefed up too, with 18-inch Caractere wheels filling the four corners now. The sticky stuff is supplied by Michelin in the form of their high performance PS3 rubbers.

On the handling side, the Adaptive Chassis Control was deemed more than enough to keep the car stuck to terra firma. Only a set of magic bars were fitted to the undercarriage to stiffen up the chassis a little. Magic bars are essentially flat bars that look similar to the gusset plates used on rollcages although they’re constructed from stiffer materials. The magic bars are attached across the exhaust tunnel on the underside, acting like a brace to stiffen the chassis.

As you can see, Riza didn’t spend too much on his Golf GTI but the final outcome is nothing short of impressive. The car could just waft along until you take a longer and harder look only to realize that it means some serious business. So if you see this Golf GTI in your rearview mirrors, do what you’ll do if somebody yells “FORE” on the golf course and get out of the way.

HyperFacts!
Car: Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk6
Power: 250hp and 330Nm of torque
Engine: Gruppe M airbox, Remus exhaust system, Revoz ECU reflash
Exterior: Revozport and Reiger bodykit, Golf R LED tail lights
Interior: Golf GTI door sills, Osir carbon fiber trimmings
Wheels and Tyres: 18-inch Caractere rims, Michelin PS3 tyres
Handling: Magic bars

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