More performance? More capability? More style? VW has you covered

Veedub enthusiasts are everywhere, as evidenced by the vast number of meets, clubs, and events that take place all over the world in celebration of some of the German automaker’s most popular models. One of the latest is happening right now at Hutchinson Island, in Savannah, Georgia. It’s called SoWo: The European Experience and, in addition to bringing out a diverse selection of vehicles from the Old Continent for some show, shine, and racing, Volkswagen is debuting five enthusiast builds in a lineup of show-ready compacts.

The debuts include a Beetle, a Jetta, and three Golfs, each of which arrives bearing a unique style and standout modifications that will surely draw interest from the attendant crowd. Volkswagen has a history of showing up at enthusiast events with factory-fresh modded models, and it’s great to see that tradition continued at SoWo. If you didn’t get a chance to see the cars in person, read on for a brief description of each, and let us know which is your favorite in the comments section!

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The Debuts

Beetle Post Concept

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This concept hails from the Beetle R-Line trim level, and is inspired by BMX champion Alise Post. As you might expect, the Beetle is fitted with two custom GW bikes on the roof. Styling enhancements include 19-inch Mr. Drama Queen wheels from Radi8, which fill the wheel wells with a lowered stance thanks to an H&R Springs Street Performance Coil Over suspension kit. The whole shebang is covered in Habanero Orange paint, while vintage lettering on the doors adds a dash of retro style.

Read the full review on the stock Volkswagen Beetle here.

Jetta GLI Nardo Concept

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This build attempts to compliment the Jetta GLI’s “stealth performance” potential by adding custom style without overt showiness. As such, the exterior gets a Nardo Grey wrap, a color originally sourced from Audi, while the stock rollers were swapped for FF01 Flow Form units from HRE Wheels, finished in a Tarmac hue. VW says further wheel designs will get swapped off and on throughout the duration of the show. For the stance, H&R Springs once again added its Street Performance Coil Over suspension, while grip levels are enhanced thanks to G-Force Comp-2 A/S tires from BFGoodrich.

Read the full review on the stock Volkswagen Jetta here.

Golf GTI RS Concept

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Taking responsibility for this custom GTI is Sam Dobbins, Creative Director at Vossen Wheels and a prominent name in the enthusiast scene. The build uses a variety of cues, including Japanese style thanks to a Rocket Bunny widebody kit, plus reflected graphics on both sides of the vehicle. Despite the ultra-low and ultra-wide stance, VW says the GTI RS Concept exhibits zero wheel rub and was designed for daily use, even incorporating a Thule carrier box on the roof with low-profile crossbars. The interior, however, was stripped, and adds an aluminum floorpan and race-ready bucket seats. Vossen wheels fill the fenders.

Read the full review on the stock Volkswagen Golf GTI here.

Golf R Heritage Concept

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Given the name, it should come as no surprise that this Golf R sports a variety of exterior upgrades that give a nod to the model’s Germanic DNA, including a stripe package that adds the colors of the German flag to the flanks. Closer to the ground, you’ll find white lower side sill accent stripes bearing the Vossen logo, complimented by Vossen VWS-1 wheels finished in matte gunmetal with a polished anodized silver lip. Traction duties are handled by BFGoodrich’s G-Force Comp-2 A/2 tires, while sport springs from H&R Springs add the appropriate drop.

Read the full review on the stock Volkswagen Golf R here.

Golf Alltrack Country Concept

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Last but certainly not least, we have this jacked-up wagon, which brings enhanced softroading style to the already competent Golf Alltrack. In stock form, the Golf Alltrack is equipped with a raised suspension, more wheel travel, AWD grip, and extra underbody protection. The concept takes all that even further, using inspiration from the Euro-exclusive third-gen Golf Country Special Edition by adding another 2 inches of lift, plus 15-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Fog lights were added to the lower front fascia, while a hitch-mounted Thule T2 Pro XT bike rack is fixed with a pair of Trek Stache 9.6 mountain bikes. The roof provides comfortable sleeping accommodations with an expandable tent, while flexible solar panels, a curved LED light bar, and a solar-heated shower bring civilization with you. Further enhancements include a full entertainment system in the trunk, including a “media computer” that occupies the spare wheel well. More LEDs were added to the liftgate, while the batteries to run it all are stored under the trunk floor. USB ports provide additional charging. Finally, the exterior is covered in a topography-styled wrap.

Read the full review on the stock Volkswagen Golf Alltrack here.

Note: all images courtesy of Volkswagen.

With the summer enthusiast season just around the corner, Volkswagen of America, Inc. will unveil its enthusiast show fleet for 2017 at SOWO: The European Experience on Hutchinson Island, Savannah, Georgia, between May 19 and 21. Featuring five models from the brand lineup, these specially-prepared show vehicles are inspired by the diverse interests of Volkswagen enthusiasts.

Beetle Post Concept

This concept highlights the top Beetle R-Line trim and championship-winning BMX rider, Alise Post, who has outfitted the car with two custom GW bikes for the project. The car rides on 19-inch Mr. Drama Queen wheels from an up-and-coming company, Radi8, and uses an H&R Springs Street Performance Coil Over system that lowers the stance and highlights the performance potential of the Beetle. Habanero Orange paint and the vintage lettering on the doors give an added retro vibe to this Beetle.

Jetta GLI Nardo Concept

The GLI has been a staple of the Volkswagen brand since the Mark 2 generation of the Jetta. It’s something of a stealth performance car and the Nardo Concept builds on that, adding a few simple touches to make the car shine. The car is wrapped in Nardo Grey, a popular color at sister brand Audi, which brings out the lines without looking flashy. Over the course of the Show season, the car will feature different sets of HRE wheels, beginning with the FF01 Flow Form series, finished in Tarmac. The Nardo has an H&R Springs Street Performance Coil Over system and BFGoodrich® G-FORCE™ COMP-2 A/S™ tires for a more road hugging appearance.

Golf GTI RS Concept

Sam Dobbins, Creative Director at Vossen Wheels, is a great force within the enthusiast scene and a longtime Volkswagen owner. His Golf GTI RS Concept is a fascinating amalgamation of different car cultures with a particularly heavy Japanese influence via the Rocket Bunny widebody kit. To set his car apart from many others with similar body modifications, Dobbins put a lot of effort into making sure that the sheetmetal was honed to eliminate wheel rub, making the car comfortable to drive on a daily basis. The interior is stripped down, but the polished aluminum floorpan, race-inspired seats, and other accents reflect the exterior design. The GTI RS Concept rolls on Vossen wheels and features a Thule carrier box with custom, low-profile roof crossbars.

Golf R Heritage Concept

The Golf R Heritage concept features an homage to the car’s German heritage with a striking stripe package in the colors of the German flag and a white, lower rocker accent stripe pattern. Vossen has provided the wheels, starting with the VWS-1 finished in matte gunmetal and polished anodized silver. The wheels are shod with G-FORCE COMP-2 A/2 tires from BFGoodrich and the car has been lowered on a sport spring package from H&R Springs. The simple touches highlight the already great platform of the Golf R model, while leaving the car close to factory specification—which is what most R owners tend to do.

Golf Alltrack Country Concept

The third-generation Golf Country Special edition inspired this year’s Golf Alltrack Country concept. The Golf Country, which was sold only in Europe, was designed for medium-duty off-road driving and equipped with more suspension travel than a traditional Golf, Syncro four-wheel drive, higher ground clearance, and brush guards. The stock Golf Alltrack is already equipped with 4Motion ® all-wheel drive and has more ground clearance than the Golf SportWagen, but the Golf Alltrack Country concept features a further 2-inch suspension lift and 15-inch wheels fitted with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.

Additional foglights are integrated into the lower bumper and a hitch-mounted Thule T2 Pro XT bike rack carries two Trek Stache 9.6 mountain bikes. Off-pavement adventure continues with a roof-mounted tent system, topped with flexible solar panel, a curved LED light bar, and a solar-heated shower. In the trunk, an integrated entertainment system complete with media computer is mounted into the spare wheel well, and a custom LED light bar is integrated into the liftgate for additional visibility. Three batteries hidden under the trunk floor are charged via the solar power system to keep the media center and USB power ports at full charge. A custom topography graphic wrap finishes the Golf Alltrack Country Concept. With its well-crafted customizations, this vehicle is ready to keep up with the demands of even the most daring weekend adventurer.

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