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2000 VW GTI GLS

Yvonne Liu
Aug 1, 2000
Photographer: Wes Allison

Think red. For a lot of us, the image evokes thoughts of passion, life, and even a little Communism (Okay, scratch that last one.-MAX). Red screams, "Look at me!" or even "Watch out." Red signifies love, blood, and misspelled words (Remember your red-pen wielding high school English teacher?-MAX). But for Anthony Gelinas of Greedspeed in Thousand Oaks, California, red stands for romance, thrill-seeking, and attention-getting-in the form of his 2000 VW GTI, that is. As with all die-hard global tuning enthusiasts, a car isn't an MRyde until its fullest potential is exploited. This means little underhood components will remain stock, mobiletronics will be rockin', and exteriors better be making heads turn-homeboys and beautiful babes alike. Thankfully, Anthony knew what he wanted (And what he was doing.-MAX). In a little over a month, what was once a bone-stock Golf has transformed into a code red masterpiece.

Previously a '99 Jetta, a '99 A4 Avant, and a '98 Passat owner, Senor Gelinas knew a thing or two about making changes and the people who were up for the job. Anthony's crew at Greedspeed began the engine configurations. When the GTI came out, it sported a 1.8L turbo engine with a compression ratio of 9.5, a Neuspeed P-Flow air intake, a Remus exhaust from CEC, Beru Ultra X spark plugs, and Forced Performance intercooler and pipes. A Neuspeed Variable Boost Level race chip was also installed to up the power ante just a tad.

Little was done to the driveline, with the exception of a Neuspeed short shift kit, reducing the throw 40 percent. On the other hand, much was done to the chassis by way of suspension mods, including Neuspeed front and rear sport springs/coilovers and Bilstein front and rear sport shocks. A host of other Neuspeed goods include a 25mm front anti-roll bar, a 28mm rear anti-roll bar, a front strut brace, and a lower control arm tie-bar. Both the front and rear were lowered 1 1/2; inches as well, in order to accommodate the speed bumps and road ditches that all lowered cars adore.

CEC provided the Oettinger 18x8-inch wheels, which roll on Nitto NT 555 225/40-18 rubber. And just in case his MRyde has trouble spotting road obstacles, Anthony can at least slam on the Audi TT slotted front brakes in hopes of slowing down enough to clear the bumps without scratching the bottom. EBC Green Stuff brake pads and brake lines were also added.

In terms of turning heads, CEC had the goods again. An Oettinger body kit was the way to go, along with an Oettinger rear wing. But the most unique mod was the Jetta front-end conversion, which was completed by North Ranch Body Craft, also located in Thousand Oaks. Keeping the streets lighted at night are Hella E-Codes with a Gourmet Garage Xenon conversion.

Obviously, Kevin&'s color of choice was red for this ravishing beauty, and as a bonus he had Cool Tint splash some graphics onto the Golf's hood and doors. A peek through the windows and into the car's interior reveals VDO gauges, and a shift knob and pedals by Oettinger. A Torasport carbon fiber dash kit was installed to cool off this hot number's otherwise fiery nature. Without a doubt, no MRyde is complete without some hip grindin' music blasting from all speakers. Thanks to Audio Experts Car Stereo and Security in Ventura, California, an Alpine head unit and amplifiers, JL Audio 6.5-inch two-way speakers, and Scosche wiring (Mad props go out to the wiring.-MAX) were installed. We're not surprised Anthony has a stealthbox with JL Audio 10-inch voice coil subwoofers that are in a slot-loaded sealed enclosure, either.

All in all, you have to see this MRyde to fully appreciate the detailing and work that was performed on this Jolf (Or is it a Getta?-MAX). And while its split personality-looks catch people off-guard in an admiring sort of way, we know that this hybrid is definitely worthy of its own siren song.

By Yvonne Liu
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