Note: Hover your mouse over the “My GTI” link above to reveal a drop-down menu which lists write-ups for various changes to the car.
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I’m a pragmatist who’s been driving modestly equipped cars all of his life. I was not interested in the fancy options that come with the upper trim levels, particularly the sunroof or leather seats. “Why not just get a Golf?” That’s easy: I wanted the more powerful 2.0T. It’s A LOT more fun, especially after a tune! Plus, the GTI is a better car. I bought a “Sport” trim, which is essentially an “S” with Performance and Lighting Packages, as well as unique wheels. I’ve shared details about my decision here.
What sets my car apart from other GTIs? Nothing, if you believe your eyes. That’s the point, right? I don’t like anything eye-catching on my car. The car before you has an additional 170 hp and 140 lb-ft, an upgraded stereo system, and a hidden communications suite. Plus, it serves as a daily driver, traveler, workhorse, and routine joy-rider. But you’d never know it by passing it on the street. No one would suspect this car of hiding nearly 400 hp! Every modification is either completely hidden or removable. I don’t even have personalized license plates, an apparent rite of passage here in Virginia. It’s the answer to “Why StealthGTI!” 😉
I found myself appreciating how good Reflex Silver looks, even when it’s dirty. Call me lazy, but I think Reflex Silver is an “easy button” that looks great almost all the time. Plus, I do not see many Reflex Silver GTIs in my area. White GTIs are everywhere; Reflex Silver, not so much. It makes me feel like I’m driving a unicorn. HAHA! Check the submenus by hovering your mouse over the “My GTI” link above. Or start reading more on my Mechanical page. I’ve shared a photo album below, too.
My Wheels Are Turning…