Forum Friday: Anthony’s VRT Build Thread

The 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI VR6 is a great little all-around car. The 2.8-liter V-6 engine puts out a respectable 200 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque off the assembly line, and it gets pretty decent gas mileage.

That wasn’t enough for forum user Anthony, who goes by username mk4vrsix06. His goal was to turn this little everyday driver into a The 2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLI VR6 is a great little all-around car. The 2.8-liter V-6 engine puts out a respectable 200 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque off the assembly line, and it gets pretty decent gas mileage.

That wasn’t enough for forum user Anthony, who goes by username mk4vrsix06. His goal was to turn this little everyday driver into a FWHP street car with between 450 and 500 horsepower. For this week’s Forum Friday, let’s take a look at Anthony’s build to see what he’s done with this fantastic little Jetta.

The Engine

Anthony’s little VRT wasn’t much to look at when he first picked it up, but it’s been inside the garage enough that it’s easy to see where all the work was done.

The first thing he swapped out was the engine. He picked up a disassembled 2.8 BDF block that had a spun rod bearing and rebuilt it from the ground up. The damaged crankshaft was replaced, as well as the pistons, which were bored at 1 millimeter over. This engine also has Eurospec H-beam rods, but Anthony retained the original rod and main bearings. A new oil pump, pullies and oil pan completed the block build. After balancing and testing, this beauty was ready to be installed.

The top end of the engine has a 3.2 BUB cylinder head and a supertech valve train installed, as well as an upgraded turbo. The intake manifold and valve cover also got a glorious powdercoat to protect them and make the entire engine look that much better.

New injectors, in this case 630cc Siemens, and a 034 Motorsports fuel rail completed the top-end build.  Anthony also installed an Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator and an in-line fuel pump for maximum efficiency.

The Aesthetics

The engine isn’t the only thing that got a fantastic rework. The exterior of the car features new OEM 20AE front valances, side skirts, rear bumpers and rear valences.

For the interior, he swapped out the headliner and added illuminated vents, GTI monster mats and a 03+ center console. In spite of the fact that the car hasn’t seen daylight in the better part of two years, it looks fantastic.

We don’t have any info yet on the kind of power this engine puts out. It’s not quite done, and he hasn’t flashed the ECM or anything just yet, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a stunning build in and of itself. As one of the forum members put it, the engine block is clean enough to eat off of — which is saying something!

The engine bay has been painted black — Anthony is going for a uniblack look with silver accents like those powder-coated intake and valve covers — and he hasn’t assembled the full front end just yet. We can’t wait to see what this build looks like when it’s finally done — or see how fast it tears down the track once he gets a good set of tires on it.

Check out more on his build thread!