Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |  Smoove
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Smoove

One Extremely Clean-Cut Dub

Nov 1, 2002

Is a eurotuner car truly complete without exterior modifications? I think not. And for that matter so does Justin Hilgert of Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. It’s a fact that the “styling” experience varies from enthusiast to enthusiast. For most, basic bolt-on ease takes center stage in the context of importance. Others, though, enjoy the “smoove” approach of a shaved exterior, like that found on this 2000 Golf.

Justin started construction on his VW some two years back after purchasing it new from his local VW dealer. Suspension modifications came first. Drop components used consist of Apex/Tokico coilovers with ABD Racing antiroll bars. The front bar measures 28 mm, while the rear unit comes in at 25 mm. Completing the rolling chassis is a set of Millie Miglia Evo 18-inch alloy wheels with tire selection coming from Yokohama in the form of 225/40-18 Paradas.

Having upped the handling characteristics of the Golf, Justin opted to up the braking performance on his Dub as well. To accomplish this task Brembo cross-drilled rotors were installed. Brake pads of choice on Justin’s VW are from EBC, while Neuspeed stainless steel brake lines reduce fade under hard driving conditions.

Under-hood enhancements followed. For added engine response, Justin added Neuspeed’s latest supercharger to his 2.0L powerplant. To get the most out of his forced-induction system, a custom front-mount intercooler was crafted and his cylinder head was ported and polished for improved flow. For further power assistance, Unorthodox underdrive pulleys and a Remus free-flow exhaust system were installed. To transfer the power to the pavement, Justin uses a GTI five-speed tranny backed by a Clutch Masters clutch.

Interior upgrades quickly followed as the third stage of construction progressed. Located inside is a complete VR6 trim package including black leather seating. Topping the factory upholstery is a MOMO steering wheel, shift knob, and pedal set. For listening enjoyment a Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD head unit was placed in the dash. Concert-quality sound reproduction starts with a set of PPI power amplifiers and ends with Boston Acoustic speaker separates while JL subs provide bass.

Last on the construction list was the exterior. Coming from Volkswagen in a factory shade of black, Justin opted for a respray in DuPont Pewter Metallic Pearl. Prior to paint work, the exterior received a clean shave of the door handles, body moldings, and hatch handle. Added to the mix is a Kamei grille, Freedom Design rear wing, and Hella lighting.

Note the fact that no body kit was added—Justin wanted his ride to stand out in a smooth and simple fashion.

Finished in just under a year for approximately $28K, Justin adds yet another impressive Euro to his resume of Audi/ Volkswagen cars. Needless to say, this “Smoove” VW owner enjoys the looks from fellow motorists. And he should considering his VW not only sports a supercharged powerplant, but exterior styling as well. Now that’s what I consider a eurotuner ride.

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

On Friday, November 27, 2020, a half dozen of our favorite MotorTrend hosts will be subjected to a series of holiday-themed automotive challenges that you, almost certainly, have never seen the like of before. But before all the Holiday Hooptie Challenge starts, let’s get to know one of the lucky contestants from All Girls Garage on the MotorTrend App
Jordon ScottNov 25, 2020
LOOKING BACK AT THE SUPER STREET COROLLA The new 2021 Toyota Corolla is an entry-level car that we’ve had a ton of experience with as we built a 2019 hatchback two years ago. With the help of our friends at Auto Tuned and a rendering by Jon Sibal, we transformed our little XSE into a
Sam DuNov 24, 2020
Putting down the first few sentences of a feature like this 1987 Honda CRX Si is a little tougher than usual. It’s not the familiar story of picking up an old, used Honda, adding wheels and a drop before giving in and going all out on a full-blown build. Furthermore, to be clear, it’s also
RodrezNov 24, 2020
Rodrez: It’s the measuring stick that offers as much speculation and attempts to discredit driver achievement as it does real-world data and raw, obsessively focused attempts to chip away at the clock. The Nurburgring serves as a standard by which most automakers set their sights. It arms internet debate specialists with numbers and comparisons by
Nick YekikianNov 21, 2020
It’s safe to say that Angel Pena, owner of this supercharged 2008 Acura TSX, has a “type.” Having been enamored with Acura’s entry-level sedan ever since it was first introduced, he knew right away he’d get his hands on one, and eventually, he did just that. Today, a decade later, he’s moved on to his
RodrezNov 21, 2020
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP