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2007-04-26 07:22
As you read this finishing touches are being put to a R300 000 customisation job completing what could be the ultimate example of a Golf5 GTI.

The P-cubed Mean Machine Makeover GTI is busy undergoing final assembly before being driven carefully to the Castrol Extreme Auto Show at the Coca Cola Dome this Thursday.

The low-slung, black and gunmetal grey machine will form the centrepiece of the Mean Machine Makeover stand (D9-12) at South Africa's premier hot car emporium.

Peruse the gallery and you can judge the adorned exterior modifications for yourself. Chief amongst these is the Caractere aerodynamic bodykit augmented by 19 x 8.5J J Kahn light alloy wheels shod with 235/35/19 high-performance rubber.

Power boost

Besides the extensive exterior and interior styling modifications, Sportech aims to boost the current 2.0-litre turbocharged FSI powerplant from up to 280 kW resulting is what may probably be the fastest Golf5 in the Southern hemisphere.

Unfortunately the components have not yet been air-freighted from leading Volkswagen tuners APR in Alabama, USA, and will not be ready in time for Castrol Extreme, which opens its doors to the public tomorrow.

In fact, the Stage III upgrade will necessitate some major internal changes, including the fitment of upgraded con rods to help the engine cope with 1.2 Bar of boost pressure. An even larger KKK turbocharger and appropriate software upgrade form part of the package.

Many of the other special systems fitted to the car have been successfully tested this week. The 1 400 watt Rockford Fosgate/Phase Linear ICE in-car entertainment system has been tweaked and is pumping out a solid 140 dB of top quality sound.

Providing 21st century connectivity is the mobile communications suite from Nashua Mobile which has proved itself more than capable of linking to the internet at speed.

A recent development in this regard are Bluetooth wireless keyboards.

This enables the rear passengers to surf the internet on the seven-inch screens fitted into the front headrests, rather than on the pair of laptops fitted into a custom-built console between the individual rear seats.


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