ECS Tuning & StopTech 2018 VW MK7.5 GTI Sweepstakes; Presented by Racingline
The MK7.5 GTI we chose is a proper manual transmission example and is reminiscent of the original message VW intended when the first Golf GTI left the factory floor. VW and their initial hot hatchbacks showed the world that small economy cars could be engaging and brilliant to drive. This MK7.5 GTI has elements of that era subtly woven into a futuristic and practical design. The new facelift has an already appealing exterior complimented by its White Silver Metallic finish. The improved interior contrasts the exterior with a dark black leather, which was an optional factory upgrade.
Riding in a completely stock MK7.5 GTI is not what we would call a boring drive, but our plans are very extensive where torque and horsepower are concerned. The entire vehicle is receiving Zach’s attention. Follow along as we build it on our YouTube channel or on the homepage of ECSTuning.com where we will demonstrate everything that will make this car truly unique for the lucky winner. Thanks to our amazing list of partnering vendors, we have developed a build list that will end up becoming a one-of-a-kind MK7.5 GTI.
For the MK7.5 GTI brakes, StopTech has supplied us with their 335mm Six Piston Big Brake Kit to improve the GTI’s stopping power. These upgraded StopTech calipers, rotors, pads, and lines will make sure the power we add is able to be confidently tamed with the middle pedal.
The suspension we chose for the 2018 GTI will be the H&R Street Performance Coilover Kit and H&R Sway Bars. We want to lower our MK7.5 GTI down to a more attractive stance and control its body roll through the corners for more precise handling. These MK7.5 coilovers and sway bars are a fantastic start to upgrade the suspension of the GTI. To upgrade the suspension bushings, Powerflex supplied us with all of their MK7.5 polyurethane bushings while 034Motorsport brought their Trailing Arms, Camber Arms, and Toe Kit. Our own ECS Rear Chassis Brace will finish off and tighten up the GTI’s suspension. The MK7.5 GTI will behave like a completely different vehicle afterwards and will be more than impressive through the corners.
With bigger brakes and beefier suspension, the facelift MK7.5 GTI can receive engine upgrades to increase power and performance. Racingline has sent their Stage 3 Turbo Kit, Oil Management System, Oil Cooler, Fluid Caps, and Oil Filter Housing. The bigger MK7.5 GTI turbo will receive a full Turboback Exhaust from Neuspeed, who also provided their intercooler to cool the air coming from the upgraded turbo. Our own Carbon Fiber Intake, Carbon Fiber Engine Cover, Battery Cover, and Fusebox Cover will spruce up the engine bay with some aesthetically attractive carbon fiber weave. We also will add our turbo blanket and 034Motorsport’s engine and transmission mounts to keep everything planted. Lastly, Liqui Moly engine oils and additives will provide superior engine lubrication. Their products will prevent any early wear while protecting the engine through molecular friction control.
With these increases to the MK7.5 GTI’s horsepower and torque comes the need for an upgraded clutch that won’t slip under the additional load. DKM provided their MS series clutch to help put all the power to the ground and add a snappy engagement. The DKM MS series clutch paired with our ECS 6 speed Clutch Bleeder Block and Stainless Steel Clutch Line make for an excellent series of drivetrain upgrades. Finally, our own ECS 6 speed adjustable short shift kit will be installed in the MK7.5 GTI, providing quick and precise gear changes that are adjustable to meet the exact shift feel you’re looking for when banging through gears.
Underneath the GTI, XK Glow full-spectrum underflow lights will draw attention by illuminating the asphalt. Tirestickers have of course adorned the tires, Autobrahn has given us a custom hood bra to protect the front of the GTI, and Lamin-X will finish the look with their vinyl headlight and taillight covers.
Finally, 3SDM has produced a custom set of 3-piece wheels to make the MK7.5 GTI something respectable on the road or parked at a show. We will unveil these wheels in the near future, but for now, they will remain a mystery!
The optional black leather with red stitching is already an attractive interior from the factory. We didn’t leave it completely untouched, however. Black Forest Industries provided us with a few custom touches that you will have to wait to see. P3 Gauges Integrated Digital Vent Gauge will be installed into the GTI’s driver-side vent, displaying necessary information through their digital display with the analog boost tap for accurate boost monitoring.
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Nearly every aspect of the car will be tweaked and improved over the coming weeks with help from all the fantastic partners we mentioned. These parts will come together as one serious MK7.5 GTI that will be presented to the lucky sweepstakes winner completely finished in July. We look forward to making a one of a kind MK7.5 GTI that will be surely loved and driven by one of our awesome customers for years to come.
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