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The Crowd Pleaser


I’ve got a close friend (let’s call him Amri) who loves cars, but not in the same way I do. He doesn’t obsess about spring rates, boost levels, camshaft durations or tyre compounds; he’s more concerned with aesthetics, style and the marque. He’s the kind of guy who would, if given RM150,000 to spend on a car, buy an entry level BMW or Alfa Romeo instead of a Subaru Impreza STi or a Nissan 350Z. To put things into better perspective, he’s a big fan of the BMW X6, the world’s most pointless car, just because it’s big, stylish (in his eyes anyway) and a BMW.

While our tastes in cars may be as different as night and day, there is one car which we both would love to have, the current Volkswagen Scirocco. He likes it because it’s stylish, has two doors, it’s German and he knows (or at least he thinks) he would look damn good in it. I like it because it has a 2-litre turbo engine, a sorted chassis with great driving dynamics and fantastic looks. In fact, the Scirocco’s sleek lines remind me of my own EG Civic hatchback.

I’d imagine, that if both Amri and I were to suddenly have the financial means to get one of these German beauties in our parking spots (we both live in condominiums), we’d probably take completely different routes in doing them up. I’d probably get a set of every-which-way adjustable coilovers with a fast road/track-oriented tyre and wheel package, while he would probably spend his hard earned cash on getting a set of comfy lowering springs and comfort oriented tyres for his big 20 inch wheels.

I’d also probably splurge whatever I could to get the engine’s power output to around 250bhp to 300bhp, whereas Amri would probably focus on getting more dB instead of bhp for his Scirocco. However different our tastes maybe in cars, I strongly believe that the white Scirocco on these pages would resonate extremely well with our inner motorheads.

This Scirocco is a perfect example of what happens Exotic Mods waves their magic wand over any given Euro car; incredible results with simple, elegant and effective mods are what Exotic Mods strives for and this Scirocco is the epitome of Exotic Mods’ philosophy.

This Scirocco has been given the Caractere treatment. The cool thing about this Caractere kit is that none of the bumpers or panels was replaced. Take the front bumper for example; it’s still the factory fitted bumper with Caractere add-ons on the sides, same goes for the rear bumper and side skirts. Other Caractere bits on this Scirocco include the roof spoiler, front grille and the twin exit exhaust and wheels.

These days, even lights play a part in a car’s overall look, and I don’t mean cheap looking ‘angel-eye’ headlamps or garish looking neons and LED strips. The lighting effects that this Scirocco are quite a bit more subtle than LED strips and neons. For a cleaner look, Blesk LEDs replace the parking light bulbs, license plate light bulbs and the side mirror flood light. To match the HID headlamps, a Prius 6000K HID conversion kit was fitted in the foglights.

The wheels in question are Caractere CW-01 which measure 20 inches in diameter and wrapping each gorgeous Caractere wheel is Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyre measuring 245/30R20 in size.

With massive dubs bolted to the hubs, the standard brakes would look pretty damn pathetic, about as pathetic as a 1.3-litre Wira with 17 or 18 inch wheels and that’s pretty damn pathetic in my book. But this is a Volkswagen, and a Scirocco no less, so a Brembo Gran Turismo big brake kit is fitted to the front hubs, while the rear discs have been cross drilled to match the front discs.

With the huge dubs now filling up the wheel arches very nicely, it was time to address the ride height. Bringing the Scirocco closer to perfection are H&R lowering springs and H&R anti-roll bars at the front and rear.

If you’ve ever seen the inside of a Scirocco, you’d probably agree that there isn’t much that needs to be done, for the Scirocco’s interior is as comfortable and luxurious as it is sporty. Every dial, every stitch and every little detail all come together to create what is one of the most purposeful and beautiful car interiors of our time. It may all seem a little dark because of all the black leather but that’s just how we like it. The only additions to this Scirocco are a trio of Defi BF gauges which display exhaust gas temperature, oil temperature and boost.

Last, but certainly not least, Exotic Mods have increased the power output of this Scirocco with a simple Exotic Mods Stage 2 ECU remap, which gives the sexy Scirocco a pants-wetting 280bhp. Not bad for a simple ECU remap.

This Scirocco has something for everyone; performance, visual panache, class, elegance and it gives its owner some pretty awesome bragging rights. And for a car to appeal to both Amri and I, who are polar opposites when it comes to cars, that car has to be something very, very special indeed. And that car…is this Scirocco.

Hyperfacts!
Car: 1K8 Volkswagen Scirocco
Engine: 2-litre, 4-cylinder DOHC, turbocharged
Engine modifications: Exotic Mods Stage 2 ECU remap (280bhp), Caractere twin exhaust muffler
Transmission: Stock 6-speed DSG
Suspension/Chassis: H&R sports springs, H&R anti roll bars
Brakes: Brembo GT big brake kit (front), cross drilled discs (rear)
Wheels & Tyres: 20 inch Caractere CW-01 wheels, 245/30R20 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tyres
Electronics: Defi BF exhaust temperature gauge, Defi BF oil temperature gauge, Defi BF boost gauge
Interior: Stock
Exterior: Caractere front bumper extension, Caractere front grille, Caractere side skirts, Caractere roof spoiler, Caractere rear add-on, Prius 6000K HID conversion kit for fog lights, Blesk LED parking lights, Blesk LED license plate lights, Blesk LED side mirror flood lights
Tuner: Exotic Mods – 603-7803 3938

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