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RADICAL EDWARD'S2012 Volkswagen GTI2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Radical Edward's 2012 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
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2012 Volkswagen GTI

2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)



Horsepower362 HP
Torque392 LB-FT
Curb Weight2790 LB
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
Engine Size2 L
Transmission TypeManual
Top Speed163 MPH
MPG (City/Highway)24/34 MPG

The Story

1:Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it?: The story is starts out pretty simple actually. I just wanted a good reliable car that looked good and was fun to drive. The best part about its story is that it is well traveled. I took it to Germany with me where it lived for two years. Nordschleife and Worthersee... this car has seen both; as well as numerous tracks and canyon roads out in southern California. It is 6 years old and has 82k miles. Its my daily driver track car. 2: Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, whats the most recent mod and what motivated its? I am a performance guy at heart. With Volkswagen most of the shows center around the "stance" community. I enjoy these shows because the owners have amazing attention to detail and passion; but I never fit in. My focus has always been about handling and speed. I started down that road with basic upgrades like tires, tune, and sway bars. When i moved to Germany I really adopted how so many car enthusiast modify their cars there. People always talk about the autobahn but the real fun is on the bendy B roads that cross all over Bayern (where i lived). I began to really respect how a chassis feels when it is better connected to the ground. My most recent modification is indicative on this. Light weight lower control arms w/ poly bushings and r comp tires. 3: Of all the mods you've made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? Tires. If you're modifying your car for performance and haven't bought a proper set of tires you're not really modifying your car for performance. 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? LOTS of research, scouring the forums and reading reviews. Germany was a great source because so many mechanics I knew personally had been working on these cars for decades. With three big exceptions (clutch, turbo, water meth) I have done most of the installations myself. Biggest advice is that there is a tool for every job. It REALLY helps to have that tool. 5. Whats been the biggest challenge with this build? I would say riding the line between "track car" and "daily driver." Its easy to gut the car in the name of weight reduction but then you have a miserable ride to work. Keeping the creature comforts (AC, Bluetooth and carpet) but removing the excess (back seats, spare, going carbon fiber hood); keeping the suspension easy to manage from street to track; having two sets of wheels and tires; telling myself that 392 crank tq is enough for a FWD car etc. That line is one modders are terrible at walking; I think ive done okay so far. 6. What are you planning next? Honestly the pace at which ive been added modifications to the car has been settling down a bit. I would like to install a new LSD and potentially taller 5th & 6th gears better suited for the increase in power. That being said the biggest thing is a road trip im planning in a year or so; I wont go into too many details but it should really test the reliability of car.

Comments (9)
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[]Jesse Falsone

What's your impression of the StopTech St-41 BBK in terms of value and performance? Good trade-off?

[]Joseph Shaughnessy

sorry for the late response bro.

Honestly i wish i did it before i went K04. I know people are pretty split on the quality of the stock calipers; some dont mind em, some hate em. I never liked them.

Just did button willow with the st41s and have done countless canyons... it takes work to get them to fade.

[]Brandon Case

Hows the Built Motor been holding up?

[]Joseph Shaughnessy

No issues. I think im on about 40k miles of K04 and a stg 2 clutch. Still holding strong!

[]Dave Rodgers

Beautiful build man, super clean!

[]John Collins

Super clean look AND proper power - lots to like

[]Joseph Shaughnessy

YES...more than anything else actually IMO. I run S-04 pole positions which are a pretty decent summer tire. Mich. PSS are a good go to as well.

[]Jason Walters

I have a MK7 GTI with the APR Stage 1 and can not get the power down on the stock tires. Will tires help that much? I am used to my AWD Legacy GT Stage 2.

[]Brandon Case

Tires will work wonders, and also consider getting a LSD if you don't have the performance package.

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