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Review: Soumatrix “Xtase” Speaker Upgrade Kit

posted by on 10 February 2015 in Reviews and Road Tests

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There was a time when the to-do list for a Volkswagen owner went like this: 1.) Suspension 2.) Intake 3.) Exhaust 4.) Chip 5.) Wheels 6.) Brakes 7.) Stereo Vortex archives are chock full of threads going all the way back to the late 90s, wherein readers debated the merits of those modifications as fervently […] More…

All 500 Golf R Pre-Orders Sold Out in Under 12 Hours

posted by on 9 January 2015 in Volkswagen News

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When Volkswagen announced the Golf R Pre-Order program, they had high hopes that their strategy would be a successful one.  The company offered 500 models of the Golf R as “Launch Edition” cars, coming fully loaded and with a special Volkswagen DriverGear accessories kit, one of which could be yours so long as you placed a […] More…

UroTuning Releases Stealth Oil Catch Can for 2.0T FSI Applications

posted by on 8 January 2015 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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UroTuning today announced the release of their new Mk5 2.0T FSI Catch Can Kits with AN fitting lines.  Designed to delete the stock PCV, add a boost port and eliminate gunk making its way to your intake, the UroTuning Catch Can Kit is a worthwhile addition to any 2.0T FSI powered car.  The kit is available in the purchaser’s […] More…

Volkswagen Golf 7 R – First Drive on U.S. Soil

posted by on 12 June 2014 in Reviews and Road Tests

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We finally get behind the wheel of the Golf 7 R and find it to be the best R yet… More…

Mk2 Resto Project – Introduction

posted by on 6 May 2014 in Mk2 GTI Restoration

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An introduction to our latest project – a Mk2 Restoration. More…

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Beat The Heat Drag Jetta

posted by on 14 February 2014 in Feature Cars

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Gwinnett County Sheriff Deputy Rich Younker, a long-time VW enthusiast and Vortex member builds a “Beat The Heat” drag Jetta GLI encouraging legal racing at the track instead of the street. We had a chance to sit down with him and talk about his project. More…