SPECS
Horsepower
210 HP
Torque
207 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3,131 LB
Drivetrain
FWD
Engine Size
2.0 L
Transmission Type
6 Speed Manual
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        VEHICLE STORY

        After driving B5.5 Passats the past 10 years, and owning/driving a total of 8 VW/Audi cars over the last 30 years, I was looking for something a little more thrilling and upmarket for my daily driver. But after driving several Audi A5's and BMW 335's, I just couldn't rationalize spending twice the cost of the GLI for vehicles that are marginally better, but not nearly better enough to justify double the price. And as nice as the MKVII GTI is, I know from experience not to buy a VW product built during the first 2-3 years of a new model run.  Enter the MkVI GLI. It is a relative bargain, is in the 5th year of the platform's production run, and it serves well as a commuter with an upscale interior and some nice tech bits.  I can happily hoon it on occasion, and it leaves a smile on my face whether I'm mashing the throttle or looking at my long term fuel economy. Great all-rounder. Mods: Using VCDS, I've turned up the settings on the XDS differential and turned up the torque steering compensation capability built into the  control module for the  electric steering rack. Since I don't take this car to the track, these two "free" performance mods make the car all I need it to be for public road driving. Cornering under throttle is better controlled (I can even rotate it if I want) and torque steer under throttle is gone. A couple other nice free mods I've done via VCDS include activation of the foglights as cornering lights and the ability to open/close all windows and the moonroof via remote. Likely my only additional modification will be an APR Stage I ECU flash once I've got at least 10k miles on the clock.

        Discuss this build

        []Jeff Keenan

        also i installed the neuspeed power module over the weekend and the car feels great noticeably more power and no cel lights.

        []Matt Quinn

        Jeff - I found indicator_celebration in the instruments control module (17) but the cluster will not accept switching the value to active. What value did you use for Importer# ? Did you use 011?

        []Jeff Keenan

        just got it today I will let you know my thoughts but yes once removed there is no way to detect it was used it should bring the boost to around 14psi vs 18 for a stage 1 apr tune. going to do a basline my my odb dashcmd app before and after to see what it does.

        []Matt Quinn

        Jeff - based upon your suggestion I just checked the Neuspeed product page regarding the power module. I have to say, I think I like the Neuspeed solution better than an ECU flash. It looks like the box just traps and spoofs the boost and MAP signals, fooling the ecu into higher boost using the stock ECU software mapping. I really like that it isn't supposed to trigger any TD1 flags that could complicate a warranty claim. You'll have to let me know how you like it!

        []Jeff Keenan

        you have to find Indicator_celebration under adaptations not the long coding staging option. :-}

        []Matt Quinn

        Aha! I'll have to try that when I get home tonight. Thank you, good sir!

        []Matt Quinn

        Jeff - thanks for the tip regarding apr stage 1 and clutch wear. I had not heard that about the gen3 2.0 TSI. I read on APR's website that they offer an optional feature on its newer flash programs to reduce peak torque at low rpm to prevent clutch wear on MT cars. I will have to look into it some more and also consider the neuspeed option - please let me know how you like it. Unfortunately I can't do the gauge sweep mod, because the cluster in the MY2015 GLI wont accept the coding. Bummer, as that would be a fun little mod.

        []Jeff Keenan

        nice GLI i just picket up a 14 autobahn with nav. I have done the same VCDS mods XDS = 2 TSC =1 I also added LED DRL enable gauge sweep and ESP disable by holding TCS button for 5 seconds. I added euro switch with auto light sensor chrome dead pedal and xenon matched fog bulbs. I would be careful about a full tune everyone that has gone apr stage 1 on the gen3 motor has had to replace at least the clutch disk after a few miles. I just ordered the neuspeed power module this will put me at 250hp/tq and retain the stock clutch for many years I hope.

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