Heavily tuned turbo 312bhp Volkswagen Golf Mk2 8v

Heavily tuned turbo 312bhp Volkswagen Golf Mk2 8v

Before this scene-stealing turbo Mk2 project, Kenny Stas was never really into modifying cars. But the tuners down at the local car wash turned his head, and before long he was elbows-deep in the drama of it all… Words: Dan Bevis. Photos: Robin Lagaisse.

JP Performance build 1000bhp part-electric high-tech Volkswagen Golf R32 Mk7

JP Performance build 1000bhp part-electric high-tech Volkswagen Golf R32 Mk7

With a part-electrified R32 drivetrain putting out more than 1000hp, JP Performance is laying down the gauntlet for a high-tech new decade in car culture. Game-changer? Absolutely. Words: Alex Grant.   Photos: Martin Hillmann.

320bhp M3-powered rear-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf Mk1

320bhp M3-powered rear-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf Mk1

If the forward-hinged bonnet doesn’t pique your interest, the presence of a BMW M Power engine certainly will. This is one build which keeps striking with surprising body blows, over and over… Words: Dan Bevis. Photos: Matt Woods.

Fully rebuilt 170bhp 1.8 16v KR-engined 1979 Volkswagen Golf Mk1

Fully rebuilt 170bhp 1.8 16v KR-engined 1979 Volkswagen Golf Mk1

While most of us have got the VW bug pretty bad, very few of us are obsessed with just one generation of Wolfsburg’s finest. Paul Foster seems to be. Can you guess which one? Words & photos: Jon Cass.

Wide-arched 2008 Volkswagen Golf 2.0GTI Mk5

Wide-arched 2008 Volkswagen Golf 2.0GTI Mk5

Cars built purely to satisfy the owner rather than to follow trends or conforming with the 'in crowd' are often easy to spot. Don Santora’s unique Mk5 Golf is one of those very vehicles and we just can’t get enough of it. Here's why… Words: Tony Saggu. Photos: Viktor Benyi.

Stock-body tuned turbo 443bhp Volkswagen Golf 2.8 VR6 4Motion Mk4

Stock-body tuned turbo 443bhp Volkswagen Golf 2.8 VR6 4Motion Mk4

This stock-body VR6 4Motion gives away few clues as to the mighty power hiding beneath. But with the addition of a turbo and a lot of elbow grease, this Golf’s thrust more than justifies the smattering of sneaky supercar embellishments… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Ade Brannan.

Tuned 300bhp AGU 1.8T-engined 1979 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1

Tuned 300bhp AGU 1.8T-engined 1979 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1

When Nicolae Moldoveanu paid €400 for a ’1979 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1, it was little more than a rusty shell. But he had a clear idea of the potential within, and three years later his vision’s been realised in fine style… Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Tony Matthews.

500bhp AWD Syncro Volkswagen Golf Mk2

500bhp AWD Syncro Volkswagen Golf Mk2

 Patience goes a long way when you’re turning factory engineering on its head – especially if, like Stephen Hunt, bad luck has a habit of getting in the way. Words: Alex Grant. Photos: Matt Woods.

9A-code Golf 2.1-litre engined 252bhp 1979 Volkswagen Golf Mk1

9A-code Golf 2.1-litre engined 252bhp 1979 Volkswagen Golf Mk1

The Golf that went Dutch, got re-registered and TÜV approved in Germany, and is now a forty-year-old tax-free ‘Ring legend. Words: Chris Eyre Photos: Tony Matthews. Opening image: Oliver Kälke.

225bhp BAM 1.8T 20v engined 1990 Volkswagen Golf Mk2

225bhp BAM 1.8T 20v engined 1990 Volkswagen Golf Mk2

On ­ first impression Ady Oliver’s Oak green Mk2 looks like it just rolled straight out of the 1990s, but as you delve a little closer you realise that couldn’t be further from the truth! Words: Si McNally. Photos: Si Gray.

Tuned 3.2-litre engined 255bhp Volkswagen Golf Commercial Mk2

Tuned 3.2-litre engined 255bhp Volkswagen Golf Commercial Mk2

When Gordon Higgins got chatting with William Skelton of Dubnutz about creating something trick for his Volkswagen Golf Mk2 project the two ended up hatching quite the plan! Words: Si McNally. Photos: Ade Brannen.

Track-ready 450bhp S3-powered VW Golf Mk1 1.8T 20V

Track-ready 450bhp S3-powered VW Golf Mk1 1.8T 20V

So far as race-spec Mk1s go John Rawsthorpe’s S3-powered example is as trick as they come! Words & photos: Jon Cass.

Tuned R32-powered 256bhp VW Golf II

Tuned R32-powered 256bhp VW Golf II

William Skelton built both the R32-powered Mk2s on this month’s cover, but while this more-door masterpiece is about as subtle as they come the same can’t be said for his lairy van featured later on in the issue. Words: Si McNally. Photos: Ade Brannen.

Ultimate Volkswagen Golf 1.8T Mk4

Ultimate Volkswagen Golf 1.8T Mk4

Ultimate Mk4 1.8T. Just when you thought you'd seen everything done to a Mk4 Golf. Think again, yeah!   Neil Chapman took some drastic measures to breathe new life into his former daily drive, but since when have the best builds ever taken the easy route? Words: Alex Grant. Photos: Si Gray.

650WHP R32T 3.2-litre VR6-engined Turbocharged Volkswagen Golf Mk2

650WHP R32T 3.2-litre VR6-engined Turbocharged Volkswagen Golf Mk2

Built to an uncompromising wishlist at Kraftwerx in Nova Scotia, this 650whp wide-arched track car might have its roots in Canada, but it’s a true product of the global Volkswagen scene. Words: Alex Grant. Photos: ECS Tuning.

Restored Volkswagen Golf Mk1 on custom 16" Ronal R11s

Restored Volkswagen Golf Mk1 on custom 16" Ronal R11s

While air and wheels might seem like a cop out and a new wave car on something older, where less is more, it’s certainly not a bad place to start… Words: Si McNally. Photos: Mike Crawat.

APR's TCR-inspired unrestricted 536bhp AWD street-legal race car Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 Typ-5G

APR's TCR-inspired unrestricted 536bhp AWD street-legal race car Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 Typ-5G

APR's TCR-inspired unrestricted 536bhp AWD street-legal race car that you can order and own today! APR SEMA Mk7 APR’s show-stopping Golf R might look like it’s fresh off the TCR series grid but, without the limits of FIA regulation, it’s a road-legal machine that can run rings around the thoroughbred touring cars that inspired it. Words: Alex Grant Photos: APR.

240bhp 1.8T 20vT-engined Volkswagen Golf Mk2

240bhp 1.8T 20vT-engined Volkswagen Golf Mk2

Chris Keeton bagged Best Mk2 at Edition 38 earlier in the year, so we decided it was about time we put his car in the studio and took a closer look for ourselves. Enjoy! Words: Tony Saggu. Photos: Si Gray.

US-spec marvel - 2.8-litre VR6-engined Volkswagen Golf Mk2

US-spec marvel - 2.8-litre VR6-engined Volkswagen Golf Mk2

Hungary as a country doesn’t produce a whole load of feature car material, but when they do pop up they’re usually pretty special… like Gábor Végh’s US-spec marvel! Words: Elliott Roberts Photos: Viktor Benyi.

Resto-mod Volkswagen Golf Mk1 PD130 engined

Resto-mod Volkswagen Golf Mk1 PD130 engined

When you work at one of the country’s leading bodyshops it’s only natural you’re going to want to build an amazing car. Taking inspiration from the likes of Singer, plus a few UK cars, Alex Downs has built his take on the ultimate resto-mod Mk1. Words: David Kennedy. Photos: Wipdesigns.

VW nirvana Volkswagen Golf 1.6TD Mk1 - 1.6TD block with 1.9 AAZ head, Giles Performance injection pump, built internals, custom intake and exhaust, Turbonectics T3 turbo and 02J transmission

VW nirvana Volkswagen Golf 1.6TD Mk1 - 1.6TD block with 1.9 AAZ head, Giles Performance injection pump, built internals, custom intake and exhaust, Turbonectics T3 turbo and 02J transmission

In the beginning It’s hard to believe that a chance visit as a kid to a small town called Leavenworth should lead to the bonkers creation you see on these pages, but that’s exactly what started Skyler Mogensen on his insane journey to VW nirvana. Words: Tony Saggu Photos: Viktor Benyi.

2.0-litre 450bhp 20v-converted Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1

2.0-litre 450bhp 20v-converted Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1

The devil of the details You might be aware of Forge Motorsport’s incredible Berg Cup-styled, 450bhp 20v-converted Mk1 Golf already. But get up close to this beast and things just get even more amazing... Words Paul Cowland. Photography Nick Williams.

6.0-litre V8-engined Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1

6.0-litre V8-engined Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1

Engine V8 LS Mk1 Golf V8 Six-litre V8 power, space frame and tubbed rear- end! The Mk1 GTI originally came with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder and people absolutely raved about it. Imagine what they’d think to Connor Hofford’s six-litre V8 example then… Words: Tony Saggu. Photos: Viktor Benyi.

Volkswagen Golf Mk1 2.0 ABF 16V swap

Volkswagen Golf Mk1 2.0 ABF 16V swap

One Love. Stuart Shellard returns with yet another stonking Mk1 Golf and in a way we’re partially to blame! Stuart Shellard has had no less than five Mk1s featured in these very pages. Hard to believe, then, that he didn’t even like cars when he started driving… Words: Elliott Roberts. Photos: Si Gray.

Dirty Rabbit Volkswagen Golf Mk1 1.6D - naturally-aspirated diesel never looked so good

Dirty Rabbit Volkswagen Golf Mk1 1.6D - naturally-aspirated diesel never looked so good

Dirty Rabbit A naturally-aspirated diesel never looked so good! It’s hard to believe that the owner and creator of this diesel-powered Rabbit is also a self-confessed muscle car guy. So how did this custom classic come about? Well, we thought we’d better ask the man himself… Words: Tony Saggu. Photos: Melissa Curtis.

Most colourful VW Golf VR6 MkIII Harlequin

Most colourful VW Golf VR6 MkIII Harlequin

Harlequin Right-hand drive VR6 homage to the most colourful Golf… If you thought the Golf Harlequin was an oddball creation then we can’t imagine what you’re going to make of Lee Docherty’s one-off homage. There’s daring to be different and then there’s this… Words: Elliott Roberts. Photos: SMC.

1983 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 with BAM 1.8T swap

1983 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 with BAM 1.8T swap

VW Mk1 Golf with bam 1.8T swap. Classy Mk1 Golf gets ultimate fast-road makeover. Fun Multiplied What happens when your car gains almost five times the power it left the factory with? If you’re anything like Matt Williams and his 1.8T-swapped Mk1 Golf here, the answer involves a lot of hard driving with a constant grin on your face… Sam Preston Adam Walker.

That eighties show 400bhp VW Golf II

That eighties show 400bhp VW Golf II

That eighties show. Auto Finesse goes ubër 80s with this 400bhp throwback Mk2 bursting with rare period parts! Part touring car, part Eighties throwback, and packing a 380bhp turbocharged 20-valve, Auto Finesse steps back into the spotlight with proof positive that you still haven’t seen every way to crack a show-stopping Mk2. Words: Alex Grant. Photos: Aron Vickers.

Oettinger Dub-Archery Volkswagen Golf GTI 16S Mk1

Oettinger Dub-Archery Volkswagen Golf GTI 16S Mk1

Oettinger Dub-Archery. If the words ‘Oettinger’, ‘ Volkswagen Golf GTI 16S’ and ‘Soupapes’ get your juices flowing, you’ve just landed in the right place. Round these parts, ‘Ventiler’ and ‘16v’ are all a bit too je ne sais quoi. Words: Chris Eyre Photos: Chris Eyre, Adam Walker and (c) Race4u – Gina-Maria and Stefan Eckhardt.

VAG tuning - Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 vs. Volkswagen Scirocco R Mk3

VAG tuning - Volkswagen Golf R Mk6 vs. Volkswagen Scirocco R Mk3

Opposites Attract. These two cars represent the extremes of Australia’s late-model VAG tuning scene. Similar in some ways but completely different in others, these two cars represent the extremes of Australia’s late-model VAG tuning scene. Words and photos: Chris Nicholls.

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