Test Driven 1998 Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6& Slammed (9 5/10) …

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Test Driven: 1998 Golf GTI VR6 .Slammed (9.5/10)

The Movement has become quite a big in recent years. For those with the trend it is sort of a neo-lowrider thing. People been taking cars of all and dropping them down as low as can go, all in the name of “Stance”. Nowhere is fad bigger than in the Volkswagen as can be seen at a host of water events that take all over the country. My friend spent months scouring the to find a slammed VW of his own, and he found the clean ’98 GTI you see here.

He was enough to let me take it out recently so I see what a slammed car is all about the driver seat. What was a very interesting experience.

I tell you up front that is not my own particular niche of automobilia, so I into this experience as an I have always appreciated the of slammed cars, but would never have one for myself of the practical concerns. I have other low cars before, but GTI was the first properly slammed car I experienced from behind the What I wound up realizing was this is an entirely different to modifying a car, one based on and camaraderie over speed.

It is that perspective, a different than I normally use, I must judge this

These cars are all about the they present. Whether you “hella flush” fitment, or poking out well past the a slammed car’s visual is one of its most important aspects. in mind that people who own sorts of things take in having to inconvenience themselves to their cars. Most of have to plan specific to get places, ways that the fewest obstacles, and they all nothing more than a clueless person asks would you wanna do that?” The grants a sense of belonging to the subculture.

A club, if you will, that are all too proud to be a part of. Once all very similar to the lowrider on the West Coast.

Justin’s GTI is as low as it can go on without major modifications to the of the car. He has it sitting on some C4 Corvette wheels with a little bit of poke off the side. the paint job is original, and remains even after nearly 15 He spent a good amount of cleaning it up before we went but it was well worth it as I think it nothing short of pristine in pictures. There are various around the car depicting some of the hubs for the stance movement and Stance Works), and the all important catcher, hanging from the which brings good on the road.

In many ways GTI is a sort of poster child for makes a proper slammed

One thing I found during my was that the car really does some appeal. This GTI is one of cars that you just help but look back at you get out of it. There is a cool factor this car that makes you to think, “yea, I came in that”.

I think it is important to that the different approach of a car this makes different more desirable than in a car for speed. In a fast car you want all the to be razor sharp, the handling to be and the whole thing must be to keep a fast pace. A car is entirely different, much about sitting back and cruising along.

That changes the game up a bit for

The cabin of this GTI remains much standard for a Mk3 Golf. The was quite good, and this have been a top range because it had full leather which I’m happy to report was in great shape. The seats quite comfortable and well not hard and grippy like the GTI.

I was really able to into my seat, and it was perfect for the of slow cruising that cars do.

As far as the controls go the steering was light and easy to operate, no feel to speak of, but ease of use is is important here. The gear had a light, long throw, but was enough that I always what gear I was going to; great for easy driving. The was actually quite good, by sporting standards. It was on the soft of nicely sprung, but managed to great feel on engagement.

If car weren’t slammed I actually I would have criticized the for being too soft and numb, but actually fit the character of the car in slammed perfectly.

Practically the GTI is still a That means room for people comfortably, and a nice of room in the trunk. I loved the feeling in the cabin of this the windows mere large so I had visibility all around. The window were also far lower in most modern cars, made it perfect for hanging my arm out the as we cruised along.

Between the big windows and the sunroof, this GTI you as much wind in your as is possible with a fixed and that’s a great thing.

anything else that is to divide people’s opinions, cars have some tangible drawbacks that with their appealing Since most people to want the bad news first given the option, I will go some of the harsher realities of a slammed car first.

When most people of a car like a Lamborghini, they of the speed, the style, and the glamour. don’t, however, think the constant stress of looking for dead animals, and uneven in the road, capable of causing in damage, which consists of 90% of the time you spend in such a Very similar is the reality of a slammed car on real roads, with lower repair for damage incurred.

During my few driving Justin’s car the tires constantly rubbing against the of the car, onset by just the minor disturbance in the road. He me that having the weight of two was causing it to rub a lot more than He even said that he move the car at all when he had four in it over the summer.

So yes, in a car like this you have to be mindful of the amount of weight you are If you are weighed down then to see large chunks of tire up on your fenders.

There was a point where we were up a hill at around 40mph, and we the oil pan on what looked like a minor dip in the road. We got out and made everything was okay, and it was, but is one thing any driver in a slammed car be constantly aware of. The VR6 in this car is for having a fairly low hanging oil but even so a dry-sump conversion may not be a bad for any car like this if possible.

all the scraping and the tire rubbing, you learn to look for what disturb the car and go around it. What people think of as a normal, well paved, road an obstacle course in a slammed This is both entertaining and at the same time.

It is good because it makes the pay attention, but bad because even a mistake could take off oil pan, relieving your of its essential lifeblood.

All of this up to what I would call mellow cruising; the speeds are but the stakes are high. The ride is firm, but on the bright side is no body roll. I found basically sticking to the speed or even a little below it, and on the lookout for obstacles ahead, where necessary.

I was able to compared to my normal, high driving, but I also had to concentrate to a far degree on the road ahead. you’re this low you must go

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If you do decide to try and go fast through in a car like this, stop From a performance perspective the is ruined. Sure you have the center of gravity, but there is no suspension travel whatsoever. means that even if the is totally smooth the wheels hit the frame and unsettle the car of you throw it into a corner.

The moral of the is that you need to decide how you to drive before you spend modifying a car.

Regardless of metaphorical object you think car is, the VR6 engine adds whipped and a cherry on top of it. These motors are known for their great sound, and Justin’s car had an intake and to boot. The aural experience the motor added was a huge for me because it was one dynamic aspect could still be enjoyed.

The gearing in the 5 speed manual was fairly tall. This it easy to drive slow you aren’t always having to but also allows make the of its power when you get on the gas. the modifications, Justin’s car is making in the of 180-190hp, and I can vouch that it up to speed pretty quick.

As as the pavement is pretty smooth car will have no trouble or passing, and you get to listen to the engine as you do it.

I think for me, the VR6 adds some needed dynamic value to the way car drives. With the handling there is still the engine to be Tunnels can easily be exploited, and an is always just a downshift

The fact that the power is too is just an added bonus. Its not a amount, like what you can get a tuned 1.8T in a Mk4 GTI, but it is the amount to play with in a car isn’t meant to be driven

It takes positive and negative to make anything worthwhile, it would be entirely unremarkable. GTI is certainly a love-hate sort of as are most slammed cars. I found from driving Mk3 Golf was that it lent well to being slammed. of its aspects from the driver actually work better in form than in sport form. For me cars like are sort of a case by case

I hate seeing real cars (like Evos and ruined, but for more average it tends to be okay. This GTI worked great, and it was much interesting to experience in slammed

Having had some hands on I definitely feel that I more appreciation for the Stance now. It takes an entirely approach toward customizing than I do, but it is an approach I can respect. At the end of the day talks about how a car makes “feel”, and in that regard GTI was phenomenal. I’m not sure what on the internet stance forums think about Justin’s car in to others, but for me it was definitely something It has some lunacy to it, similar to a that makes most go “huh?”.

But in the end the flaws are all endearing for the owner, and serve to compliment all of the car’s qualities. People who love stuff love everything it, the good and the bad, and I can totally with that as a car guy.


I enjoyed driving Justin’s GTI it both broadened my horizons as a car and was something unique unto In many ways I can see it as the quintessential V-Dub, and what better is there to get my first real of the scene than that?

WoM Slammed VW GTI VR6

Primary Function: 2

Secondary Functions: Performance Luxury(2), Practicality(1): 1.5 great nice interior, lots of too low to get over bumps in the road

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