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VMR Wheels Displays V810 on Mk7 GTI

posted by on 3 December 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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The release of each new GTI is eagerly awaited by enthusiasts ready to trade in their current vehicle for the latest in Volkswagen’s long line of legendary all-rounders.  It goes without much surprise then, that manufacturers within the aftermarket space are also keen to get their hands on the cars as well, as they are […] More…

Video: Sebastien Ogier Pilots the Golf R Variant

posted by on 2 December 2014 in Videos

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Our lust for the Golf R Variant is something that we just can’t seem to shake.  A 300hp version of Volkswagen’s latest 2.0T, 4Motion all-wheel drive, and wagon practicality make for a nearly perfect commuter car, but sadly North Americans won’t be able to get their hands on one when the car goes on sale early […] More…

APR Releases Software Upgrade for Mk7 Golf R

posted by on 2 December 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the MQB platform MK7 Golf R with the new 2.0 TSI Generation 3 engine. APR’s ECU upgrade is available in octane-specific variations and is conveniently flashed to the vehicle’s factory ECU through the OBD-II port without any physical modification to the factory […] More…

Karmann Ghia with Viper Power Displayed at Essen

posted by on 2 December 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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When you think of the Karmann Ghia, chances are that “hot rod” and “fast” are far from the first things that comes to mind.  A few years ago, Illinois-based Deanz Rodz and Race Carz set out to change that line of thinking by taking a perfectly good Karmann Ghia and giving it the street rod treatment as […] More…

Volkswagen of America Reports November 2014 Sales

posted by on 2 December 2014 in Volkswagen News

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November sales total 31,725 units, representing a 3.2 percent increase over November 2013 Jetta sedan delivered 14,268 units for the month, a 31.8 percent increase The all-new Golf delivered 2,149 units for the month, marking a 85.9 percent increase in sales for the model over the previous November The Golf GTI delivered 1,725 units, a […] More…

Borbet Presents New Wheel Design in Essen

posted by on 2 December 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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At Borbet, the light metal experts with tradition, time never stands still as product developers continuously create new designs and innovative manufacturing techniques. Fresh from the forge creativity of the house: the S Borbet wheel.  Just in time for Essen Motor Show 2014 Borbet presents a modern and very sporty design.  Available in January 2015, the wheel is […] More…

Find of the Day: 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

posted by on 1 December 2014 in Find Of the Day

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When the winter comes, automotive project ambition tends to rise.  Directly tied to poor weather and an influx of free weekends, this is the time when many within the scene retreat into their heated garage looking to create something bigger and better for next year.  Sometimes that means selling a perfectly good car to free up much needed space, […] More…

Video: Nuburgring 1970s Crash Compilation

posted by on 1 December 2014 in Videos

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The 70s were a much different time.  Lax crash standards, soft suspensions and skinny tires were the norm for most road-going cars meant that trips to a racetrack were often a risky proposition.  Add the most dangerous circuit in existence to this equation, and “events” were guaranteed to happen.  The video below (with action beginning at […] More…

Golf R Named Hot Hatch of the Year at Scottish Car of the Year Awards

posted by on 1 December 2014 in Volkswagen News

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Another day, another accolade for the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf.  On Friday, the Golf R was named ‘Hot Hatch of the Year’ at the 2014 Scottish Car of the Year Awards due to setting “a new benchmark in affordable, practical performance motoring.”  This marks the second award for a seventh-generation Golf-based model in as many […] More…

Brookspeed Set to Bring Fan-Funded Privateer Bentley Team to GT Racing

posted by on 1 December 2014 in Bentley News

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Brookspeed Bentley Racing Club looks to bring a privateer effort back to GT Racing with an Indiegogo campaign aimed squarely at funding their 2015 campaign.  For just £50 (roughly $80), individuals can become a member of the club as well as an “integral part” of the team.  If you’re interested in helping to join the […] More…

Volkswagen Motorsport International Newsletter

posted by on 1 December 2014 in Motorsport News

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With Volkswagen participating in so many forms of Motorsport around the world, it’s often difficult to keep track of their performance. Luckily for us, Volkswagen Motorsport goes through the trouble of rounding up all of the key information from their various race series, and puts it all in one press release. Let’s get started. FIA […] More…

JE Design Adds Widebody Kit for the Seat Leon Cupra 5 Door

posted by on 26 November 2014 in Aftermarket & Industry News

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JE Design has announced their widebody kit for the 5 door Seat Leon Cupra, which adds some much needed aggression to the car’s exterior profile.  To match this aggression, JE Design has also fitted a host of performance products to the Leon Cupra which takes the car from a “tame” 280hp to a much more […] More…