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2007-08-13 07:19
VW's Golf GTI appears to a tuner's hit. Check out what the guys at H&R did to their standard specimen...

Using a three-door version, they have kept the car's exterior understated with two-tone reflective paintwork and revised bumpers with a rear diffuser and front spoiler.

This is continued inside the cabin, which has aluminium moulding like that used on the R32, GTI-style seats with headrests embossed with the red GTI logo, and silver inserts on the seats, dash and door panels to match the car's exterior.

A full Pioneer audio system, with a touch-screen head unit, a host of speakers and a compact subwoofer, is given pride of place where entertainment is concerned.

The powertrain is unchanged, using the standard turbocharged 2.0-litre unit that has been tweaked to produce between 178 and 186 kW. It is mated with the DSG transmission.

However, the most significant changes are to the suspension, which adds H&R equipment in the form of coil-overs, 26 and 24mm sway bars at the front and rear.

Ultraleggera wheels with a silver finish are slapped on a set of 18-inch Bridgestones. Brembo brakes take charge of the stopping duties.

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