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Neuspeed’s Supercharged Approach to 2.0L Tuning

Michael Shartsis
May 1, 2001
Photographer: Wes Allison

It takes a lot to get the attention of today’s 2.0L Volkswagen enthusiast. This highly populated segment of the late-model water-cooled community has seen practically every imaginable configuration of Beetle, Golf and/or Jetta featuring an array of so-called “bolt-on” performance goods for the base-model VW powerplant. And if you’re like most, you’re still searching for substantial gains, probably ever since you drove off the dealership’s lot.

What’s the score, what’s next? Neuspeed’s blown Golf IV, that’s what. Neuspeed’s latest project Volkswagen was designed and engineered with one specific goal—to deliver real-world performance while maintaining Neuspeed’s world-renowned form and function standards. The 2000 Golf uses products from a variety of German car tuners and can be found within the Neuspeed catalogue.

The heart and soul of this hot hatch lies beneath the hood. Located atop the stock 2.0L Volkswagen powerplant is a 50-state legal Neuspeed supercharger. Boasting a 50-percent horsepower increase, this all-new power adder features a one-piece cast manifold and Eaton P45 CID full ball-bearing rotor-group blower, complete with internal bypass valve. The supercharger itself is housed in a heavy-wall, one-piece casting for quiet operation, while integrated cooling fins disperse heat effectively and efficiently. Finished in hi-temp black powdercoat, the Neuspeed supercharger not only performs like a champion but also looks the part with a machined Neuspeed logo proudly placed atop the manifold housing. As part of the blower package, the Golf IV ECU now features P-Chip programming for increased fuel and timing. Adding even more “real-world” performance is a Neuspeed two-inch, T304 stainless steel after-cat exhaust. Before the hood was closed, Neuspeed polished billet-aluminum oil, power steering, coolant, and strut bearing caps were positioned within the engine compartment.

Next step, chassis. Located in the front and rear are Neuspeed-engineered Koni adjustable coilovers, consisting of progressive rate coil springs and specially calibrated threaded strut/shock housings. Neuspeed 25mm and 28mm anti-sway bars and the company’s latest billet aluminum front lower tie-bar assist in improving the handling of Volkswagen’s latest Golf. Complementing the Neuspeed suspension upgrade are 18x7.5-inch RH Evolution C5000 alloy road wheels fitted with BFGoodrich G-Force 225/40-ZR18 tires supplied by DAZZ Motorsport. While improving the handling characteristics of Volkswagen’s latest Golf, Neuspeed opted to add some additional braking performance by positioning 11.3-inch rotors up front with Mintex high-performance pads. At the rear, the stock discs have been upgraded with matching Mintex brake pads. Topping the braking system are braided stainless brake lines. The finished product produces a smooth ride with serious cornering ability, as well as superlative stopping power.

Exterior modifications came next. Neuspeed, with assistance from 1552 Design, applied a projektzwo aerodynamic package to its supercharged Golf. The kit consisted of a front touring spoiler, matching side skirts, and rear valance. To finish things off, a Kamei front sport grille and Hella DE projection headlights were also installed.

Little work has been performed on the interior of Neuspeed’s latest project. That’s because this MRyde is all business. What have been added are Neuspeed’s latest billet goodies located on the pedals, short-throw shifter, and VDO boost gauge.

Completed, the Neuspeed crew has again proven that they are still innovators in the water-cooled Volkswagen after- market by applying their successful tuning and styling formula on this 2.0L Golf. The best part of this story lies in the fact that Neuspeed can now sell you its performance wares with the knowledge that comes from testing the products that they manufacture and distribute for function, fit, and performance. If you ask us, that’s “real-world” 2.0L tuning.

By Michael Shartsis
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