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Volkswagen showcases concepts for potential future classics


Volkswagen is unveiling its “Enthusiast Fleet” of specially prepared vehicles with enhanced performance and visual enhancements at SOWO: The European Experience taking place this weekend on Hutchinson Island in Savannah, Georgia.

The vehicles are:

•  The Golf Alltrack Combi (above) modified with the front bumper from the GolfGTE, the short shifter from the Golf FTD, the rear spoiler from the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition, a set of H&R VTF lowering springs, 1990s-themed graphics, an integrated LED light bar and Thule Motion XT L cargo box. 

Golf Rabbit Confetti has Aerodisk wheel covers up front

• The Golf GTI Rabbit Confetti, which is wrapped in Rabbit logos, rides on H&R VTF adjustable lowering springs and 19-inch Rotiform RSE wheels with Aerodisk wheel covers and has a Thule Canyon XT cargo basket.

•  The Jetta GLI Super Touring (above), done in collaboration with Fifteen52, and thus rides on Fifteen52 wheels, as well as getting K&W Variant 3 DDC coil overs, a sport spoiler, upgraded brakes and extended exhaust.

•  The Arteon R-Line SEMA concept done with Vossen Wheels, covered by Xpel Stealth statin paint film, lowered 3 inches on H&R Ultra Low coil overs and, of course, mounted on a set of 21-inch Vossen Forgetd M-X45 wheels. The car also has a custom valence kit, aluminum floor mats and Forge Motorsport big brake kit.

•  The Tiguan Adventure (above), done in collaboration with H&R Springs, is wrapped with a topographic display, has H&R’s Adventure Raising springs, 18-inch Rotiform WGR wheels with all-terrain tires, Bumperdilo protection plate, rear spoiler, aluminum side steps and a Thule Hull-a-Port kayak.

•  The Atlas Basecamp, brainchild of VW Design Center California exterior design manager Alex Earle is painted Platinum Gray and Black Uni with a matte finish and orange accents. It rides on Fifteen52 Traverse MX wheels, has a custom Air Design body kit, H&R lift kit, Front Runner Slimline II bike rack, and off-road LED light bars front and rear.

•  The Golf R Spektrum (above), part of a program that offers 40 custom-order colors, including VW heritage hues, in this case Ginster Yellow. The car has H&R VTF lowering springs, 20-inch Vossen Hybrid Forgetd HF-1 wheels and black rocker panel accents.

After Savannah, the cars will go to Madison, Illinois and Atco, New Jersey, in July; to Essex Junction and York, Pennsylvania, in August; and to San Diego; Woodburn, Oregon; and Austin, Texas, in September.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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