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Monday, January 4, 2016

Evolution - Jacques Barnes Volkswagen Golf GTI

After just a few hours, the Internet, and Facebook were an absolute buzz after what happened to be the coolest automotive show this side of the country. Capestance, a group of stance enthusiasts, worked tirelessly, to bring forth a motoring exhibition that showcased the life of the stance culture. We’ll have a full feature about that soon. As it goes, after a car meet, we get to mingle with like-minded people, who love what we love. We always talk about car culture and the way it has evolved. Another evolution is this Volkswagen Golf GTI MK5. Owner by Jacques Barnes, the car has undergone somewhat of a makeover from the last time I had seen it.

 Prior to this colour, the car was a humble GTI, in factory optioned Piano Black, with black leather interior, and stock ride height. However, now, a few years later, the car has gone from a simple air set up, with wheels, to a full on custom build. Since Jacques is in the trade of repairing cars cosmetically, he undertook the re-spray, in what I believe is the very same yellow hue that one would find on a Porsche Cayman GTS.

Other additions include a carbon fiber splitter at the bottom of the front bumper that now houses a Jetta MK5 front end. The rear roof spoiler also gets the carbon fiber treatment, with an extended spoiler. He went with a full rear flush, and cleaned up the badging, and rear wiper. Underneath that, a R32 bumper and exhaust has replaced the OEM MK5 GTI items. I’ve watched this car go through a couple of sets of wheels. Currently mounted on a set of Brabus-styled wheels, that measures a behemoth 20 inches in size, and 8J up front with 9J rears. The suspension was done in-house, and was made certain that the wheel wells swallow the 20-inch wheels for the ultimate tucked stance.

At a closer look, there isn’t much more to be changed on this car, aside from another possible colour change, and a wheel change. The golf practicality is still evident, and the overall look still feels euro inspired. The touches of carbon fiber add some race elements to it, still showcasing it as a GTI. As far as I’ve heard, there is another mk5 in the pipeline, but in the meantime, we’ll leave you with this one…

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