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1995 Volkswagen GTI - Best of Show and Race

You Wouldn't Guess This Clean, Euro-Styled GTI Has 500hp Under The Hood And Is Capable Of A 10sec Quarter-Mile.

Oct 1, 2007

There are only a handful of cars, or supercars for that matter, that can compete on the freeway or on the quarter-mile with this '95 GTI VR6 owned by Milos Cadikovski. Ferrari F430? No way! Lamborghini Murcielago? Close, but no cigar. Bugatti Veyron? Maybe, but who the hell owns one?

Milos is a body shop technician by trade, but his real passion is driving fast VWs. He's undoubtedly addicted to speed, but being on the scene for many years has helped him develop a sixth sense for form and function.

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At Waterfest 13, Milos will be remembered for unleashing his monstrous GTI on the drag strip. After transporting his car from Toronto, Canada, he was eager to make use of new drag radials, widened front fenders and a 484whp turbocharged VR6 24v motor.

On his first run he recorded 11.30sec; conservative in his mind, but track officials immediately warned him to slow down because his car didn't meet safety requirements for such high speed. After hearing this, he politely nodded and cued up his second pass with the intention of a faster time - 11.04sec at 130.2mph!

Having thrown down the hammer and wooed thousands of Waterfest fans, he yearned for another pass to try and break into the 10s. However, the officials promptly kicked him off the track.

We found him the next day in the show area displaying this GTI's other characteristic: a smoothly styled and street-driven show car.

Sitting down to talk with Milos, we learned his motivation stemmed from being an avid Mk2 fanatic. In fact, his current 24v engine was originally intended for a Mk2. "When I decided to buy the motor, I didn't have my Mk3 at the time," he explained. "All the stuff was going into an Mk2, but it was showing its age and I felt it was time for a new car."

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Milos purchased his GTI VR6 12v shortly after buying the motor. He transplanted the 24v with the help of SEM Motorsports. "To install the 24v isn't hard," he told us. "The only real difficulty is the immobilizer. So I went with the stand-alone to avoid any problems."

Milos kept the original drivetrain and drove the car for a year. "After a summer of driving it I broke my leg in an accident and that's when I decided to turbocharge the 24v," he said.

The bottom-end also seized when his oil pan was damaged on the highway, which left him with with the task of rebuilding the motor.

He chose to upgrade the bottom-end and used Ross pistons, Pauter rods, a head spacer and a new, stock crank to strengthen the motor and drop the compression to 9.0:1. At the same time, the bore was slightly punched to clean the block. ARP hardware ensured the rebuilt motor would withstand 8000rpm shifts.

When planning the forced induction, Milos swung for the fences and selected a dual ball-bearing GT40R turbo. The turbo was then bolted to a custom exhaust manifold with stainless steel plumbing and a 4" downpipe from SEM. Milos and SEM also mounted an enormous front mount intercooler, which uses a 3" core to minimize heat soak.

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For ECU tuning, the Eletromotive Tec3 stand-alone engine management was programmed by Marco Passante a Magnus Motorsports. With this setup, the car is easily tunable to over 500hp, running 40psi boost for racing. Different preset programs allow Milos to detune it for the street.

Work under the hood didn't stop there, as Milos continued with an 02M six-speed transmission swap. A Bully clutch, lightened flywheel and Peloquin LSD ensure power is shifted to the wheels.

After discussing the performance mods, Milos coolly mentioned the exterior work. "I actually started the bodywork and paint first. Since I work at a shop, it's not a big deal to me.

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"When I bought the car, it was a rare Molt blue - one of 50 VR6s finished in this color," Milos told us. "I didn't like the color though, and after daily driving I saw GM's Bronze Mist metallic as a better option. It's a common color for GM cars in Toronto but it stuck out to me. I kept seeing it, so it must mean something."Before applying the paint, Milos made some Euro-styling improvements: The front fenders were widened to accommodate drag radials for racing, the rear quarter panels were rolled to match, the front features a Jetta conversion with a shaved bumper, and to lighten the car, he fitted a carbon hood. The final touches included a shaved rear bumper, early Euro Vento grille, Hella smoked headlights and a molded Camry rear license plate recess.

The clean styling continued to the wheel selection. "I've had so many wheels, my friends know me as a wheel whore," he chuckled. "I've been through Audi TT wheels, Porsche Twists, Borbets and more. However, I was looking for BBS RS but never wanted to pay big money for them. But eventually a set fell into my lap at a decent price."

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The RS measure 17x7.5" all around, and Milos color-matched the centers. Some 205/40 Dunlop tires were slightly stretched over them to tuck the wheels into the fender wells.

The car's classic stance is provided by Koni coilovers. To help with braking, 11.3" Driver's Edition brakes were retrofitted.

For the interior, Milos kept it conservative. He's replaced the original seats and cluster with parts from a '98 GTI. There are Auto Meter and Stewart Warner gauges as well to monitor boost, oil pressure and fuel pressure.

Milos admits he might fit a cage so he won't be hassled by track officials, but he wants to keep the interior comfortable for daily driving.

Milos isn't an audio fanatic but he upgraded the speakers to show it's not a full track car. A Kenwood head unit sits in the dash, controlling Pioneer front components and three 10" JL Audio subs in the trunk.

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So what's next for Milos? He's eager to get the car back on the track, maybe with a few more upgrades. With his current trap speed of 130mph, he should have no problem breaking into the 10s. Maybe he will catch that Bugatti Veyron

Pink SlipsAlthough Milos has a slight advantage with drag radials, it's still impressive to compare who he could overtake with his Mk3 GTI.

* Milos Cadikovski's '95 GTI - 11.04sec @ 130.2mph
* 034 Motorsport '88 Audi 80 - 11.22sec @ 134.8mph (Tuner GP '07 drag race winner)
* '07 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 - 11.80sec @ 126.0mph (manufacturer figure)
* '06 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - 12.00sec @ 121.7mph (manufacturer figure)

Tech Spec
1995 GTI VR6
Owner: Milos Cadikovski
Location: Toronto, ON
Occupation: Body Shop Technician

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Engine: 2.8 liter VR6 24v over-bored with Ross pistons, Pauter rods, 9:1 head spacer, ARP hardware, GT40R turbo, SEM Motorsports plumbing, short-runner intake manifold, 4" downpipe, FMIC and turbo up-pipe, MSD wires, Electromotive Tec3 management and coil packs, Aeromotive FPR

Drivetrain: 02M six-speed manual, Peloquin limited-slip diff, Bully clutch, flywheel

Brakes: 11.3" Driver's Edition rotors

Suspension: Koni coilovers

Wheels & Tires: 17x7.5" BBS RS wheels with 205/40-17 Dunlop FM901 tires

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Exterior: pulled front fenders, rolled rear quarters, Jetta front-end, shaved bumpers, smoked Hella E-code headlights, carbon hood, molded Camry rear license plate recess, early Vento grille, car painted GM Bronze Mist metallic

Interior: '98 Golf GTI leather interior, Auto Meter oil pressure and boost pressure gauges, Stewart Warner fuel pressure gauge

Audio/Visual: Kenwood head unit, Pioneer front component loudspeakers, three 10" JL Audio subwoofers, Rockford Fosgate amplifier

Thanks: My local and not so local homies, Marco & Tom at SEM Motorsports, "Womanfree" Dave, Sascha, Marco Passante at Magnus Motorsports, JP "Baby daddy", Jay Lloyds, Knee Deep Hoodlums, Bayview & Steeles Auto Collision, my parents, and most of all my girlfriend Ashley

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