Cruising: VAG Style
After Melbourne’s recent hot spell of weather, yesterday a large contingency of VAG cars escaped the heat for their relaxing monthy cruise to Warburton. VAG or Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft covers the marques VW, Audi, Skoda and the bannished, Seat.
Over 30 VAG enthusiasts turned up at the meet point bright-eyed and bushy-tailed before 8am to hit the mountain roads before the cyclists and tourist traffic.
Black on black never disappoints particularly with a catchy number plate.
The Mk IV R32 is a rare car in Australia with only 200 cars imported into the country. With a few subtle modifications this car looked much smaller than the later model golfs. Most Mk IV R32′s brought into the country were individally numbered with a plaque under the gear stick. Can you guess what number out of 200 this one is?
With the perfect fitment of matt black ADV1 wheels this S5 demanded attention. Quad exhausts exhibited a smooth yet untamed growl upon exit of the carpark.
A closer inspection revealed some massive Stoptech calipers, a hint at further quality modifications under the bonnet. Its penetrating LED headlamps are enough to scare anyone out of its way. Jealous…very.
With an abundance of tuning options and after-market support, its not surprising that VAG cars are very rapidly, rising in popularity with modifiers. This cruise was attended by members of the popular forums VWGolf.net.au, VAGtuning and VWWatercooled.
Todd’s, (the cruise organiser) unmistakable Octavia VRS has reached viral status amongst the Melbourne modifying scene. With its 18×9 Rays VR G2 wheels the Octavia is a complete package complimented with KW V3 coilovers and an angry milltek. The VRS is basically a Golf GTI disguising as a much larger car, and Todd has transformed his into the ultimate daily sleeper.
Anything is welcome at VAG cruises. With a 1.4 litre turbocharged four, this nimble Abarth looked to be a very fun car for the twisties and had no trouble mixing it with its rival hot hatches.
Recently picking up Motor magazine’s COTY ahead of the 86/BRZ the compact Polo GTI offers the perfect balance between fun performance car and daily driver. This example was sitting pretty being slightly lowered than stock height. Yes, good things do come in small packages.
This TTS looked quick standing still. A claimed 200kW/350Nm combined with precision handling, would make it a fun car for an early Sunday morning drive. I remember lusting over the Mk 1 Generation TT when I was a kid, the Mk 2 generation is much more aggressively styled and the better looker in my opinion.
We were able to capture a few motion shots as the cars delved deeper into the mountains roads.
The Mk 6 platform is soon to be superseded with a new platform. The GTI variant of the MK 7 is set for release towards the middle of this year. Exciting times ahead for Golf fans.
The unmistakle growl of the narrow angle 3.2 litre V6 of the R32 offers a pleasurable audible experience for anyone within 500 metres or neighbouring suburbs.
With its bright red highlights this Golf R would turn heads on the street. The OZ wheels are the perfect choice.
A Giac extreme tune, number plate location change, roof racks and stickers, all combine to separate this Golf R from the rest.
With its NA engine and depreciating used car values, the Mk V R32 could become a popular and quality choice with P- platers.
The leafy hills were definitely alive with the sounds of whooshing KO turbo’s and meaty exhausts. With such a successful meet, I’m sure future VAG cruises this Summer will draw similar interest.
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