Customize a Golf GT Car
The Volkswagen Golf GT, launched in 2005, is positioned just below the Golf GTI in the Volkswagen lineup, though the GT is not available to North American enthusiasts. The GT comes with two motors, a 1.4-liter twincharger and the 2.0-liter turbo diesel. For enthusiasts that can purchase the Golf GT, this can be a great basis for a custom car. Following is an overview of the steps that can be taken to customize a Golf GT, though it does not cover specific instructions for each modification.
1. Install a lower suspension and performance shocks. Since the Golf GT is built on the same platform as the more performance oriented GTI, there are a lot of suspension upgrades available for the GT. Eibach and Bilstein are two such companies (see Resources).
2. Install larger wheels and tires. A stock GT has relatively small wheels, so installing a larger diameter set of alloys will fill out the wheel arches and complement the lower ride height that you gave your Golf in Step 1. Larger wheels will also allow you to fit lower profile and wider tires for better handling.
3. Replace the steering wheel and shift knob. A smaller, leather-wrapped steering wheel will make your interior not only look better but make your Golf more fun to drive. You can also install an aftermarket shift knob or even put on the optional factory shift knob from a GTI that is modeled after a golf ball. Another nice addition to the GT’s interior is a set of custom floor mats with the VW logo on them.
4. Upgrade the exterior with a different front air dam or even a full body kit. Most custom cars have some type of exterior modifications, and the rakish styling of the fifth generation Golf takes well to some well-chosen improvements in this area. A nice looking front air dam is really all this car needs to look its best.
5. Modify the motor for more horsepower. The Golf GT’s engines have more power potential, so start by installing a cold air intake, which will get more fresh, cold air to the motor and help it produce more horsepower. Follow this modification with a more free-flowing exhaust that will also add more power to the engine thanks to larger diameter, more free-flowing tubing.
6. Increase the braking ability. With more power comes the need for more stopping ability. Start by installing performance oriented brake pads and braided steel brake lines. Better brake pads will decrease stopping distances while braided steel brake lines will provide a more firm, confidence inspiring pedal feel. The ultimate upgrade is a big brake kit from a company like Brembo (see Resources), which will dramatically improve braking with larger rotors, beefier calipers and larger brake pads.