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250kW-makeover for Golf GTI

2007-04-16 13:16
Sportech hopes to extract 250 kW from the turbocharged 2.0-litre engine doing duty in VW's Golf 5 GTI, which will allow the scorching hatch to beat a top end of 250 km/h.

The latest project, dubbed the triple-M GTI, forms part of the Mean Machine Makeover sponsored by IT and logistics company P Cubed that will be unveiled at the Castrol Extreme Show on April 27.

"Building an out-and-out performance car would have been easy, but as well as being able to claim bragging rights to being the fastest Golf 5 GTI around, it also has to be able to stop and turn and still make more than a few heads swivel with its dramatic looks," said Sportech's Chad Wentzel.

When done, the P Cubed Golf will be a technological marvel on wheels. While fitted with a 1 800-W Rockford Fosgate in-car entertainment system, Phase Linear will provide a motorised, touch-screen seven-inch screen with a pair of similar screens in the back of the front headrests.

For a touch of excess, another DVD screen is housed in the boot as part of a custom-made rearward-facing sound unit with a 15-inch subwoofer.

Nashua Mobile will provide a wireless internet connection via a Linksys 3G router. A pair of Hewlett Packard "tablet" computers that fit into custom-made console between the rear seats will be supplied, too.

The use of this console means this machine will be a strict four-seater, with the rear passengers getting Recaro seats identical to those used by the front occupants.

Once the Castrol show ends, the show car will travel across Gauteng and will be displayed at selected News Cafés.

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