2016 Volkswagen Models for VW Enthusiast Show Fleet
Few automakers can match the level of enthusiasm that owners and automotive aficionados have for Volkswagen, and to pay respect to these enthusiasts, VW has unveiled five models for its Enthusiast Event Fleet for 2016, including special versions of the Passat, Jetta GLI, Golf 1.8T, Golf R and Golf GTI. These unique show vehicles are inspired by the diverse interests of Volkswagen enthusiasts. The fleet is comprised of cars focusing on performance as well as pure style—vehicles that both reflect the rich tradition of Volkswagen heritage, and models which embody a sleek, modern flair.
VW Enthusiast Passat
The smooth-riding Enthusiast Event Passat features a custom AccuAir E-Level TouchPad air management package installed by Boden Autohaus in Costa Mesa, CA. The trunk is outfitted with custom wood flooring and houses the intricate brightwork of the air suspension system. The suspension’s lowest setting accentuates the lines of the new body styling, working in concert with the highlights of the Satin Ocean Shimmer wrap to provide the sleek look so many Volkswagen owners love.
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VW Enthusiast Jetta GLI
This Enthusiast Event Jetta GLI is a show car that’s comfortable on the street while still providing plenty of speed on the racetrack. The car will be shown in its track configuration, wearing a set of BFGoodrich g-Force Rival tires on 18-inch Neuspeed RSe52 wheels, mounted to H&R Street Performance coilovers for improved grip and handling. Also on display will be all the tools necessary to convert from road to track use. A jack, stands, wrenches, sockets and wheels all fit neatly into the GLI with the rear seats folded, making this the ultimate in track car convenience.
VW Enthusiast Golf 1.8T
The Golf 1.8T show car brings a classic look to the modern day, with a striking exterior that’s inspired by the famous Bali Green paint color from the Mk 1 Volkswagen Rabbit. Yellow headlight tinting mirrors the gold spokes of 19-inch BBS Super RS wheels wrapped in a set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, while the car rides two inches closer to the ground courtesy of a set of H&R Street Performance coilovers. A black heritage stripe along the bottom of the doors finishes off this vintage design that’s steeped in Volkswagen tradition and history.
VW Enthusiast Golf R
The Golf R manual show car is inspired by the Scirocco GT Black Edition that’s available in the U.K., and features a few subtle modifications that make it stand out from the crowd. A matte black roof wrap matches a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which are fitted to VW Zubehör 19-inch black aluminum-alloy Lugano wheels. H&R Sport Springs—engineered specifically to accommodate the Golf R’s DCC Dynamic Chassis Control—give the car a lower look without sacrificing handling.
VW Enthusiast Golf GTI
The Golf GTI show car delivers a pleasing combination of speed and style, mating a unique color scheme to this iconic hot hatch. This show car is lowered with H&R Street Performance coilovers and rides on a set of 20-inch forged LC-103 gloss gold wheels from Vossen that carry Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The color of the wheels is carried through to the heritage stripe on the GTI’s doors which is mirrored again on the carrier box, proving that practicality, looks and performance can exist simultaneously in the same vehicle.