VW takes wraps off "enthusiast" show car fleet


Volkswagen is capitalizing on its sizable fan base with a quintet of customized models it plans to take on tour this summer and fall.

The five custom cars are set to make appearances at seven different European and VW-oriented car shows. Each is based on a standard model from the automaker's current fleet, and VW says that it tailored them to specific tastes.

Here in the United States, they'll make their first appearance this weekend at the European Experience show in Savannah, Georgia, before heading to events in Washington, New Jersey, Vermont, California, Maryland, and Louisiana through mid-October.

Here's a rundown of the five cars: 

  • The bright green Golf utilizes a color cribbed from the first-generation Rabbit. A 2.0-inch lowering kit and BBS alloy wheels are joined by a black "heritage" stripe and a roof rack with a bicycle.
  • The red Jetta GLI is designed for track and road use with eight 18-in wheels wrapped in both performance and competition rubber. What makes the GLI unique is that the extra set of wheels and the tools required to swap them will all fit inside the car for track days.
  • The bright blue, slammed Passat has an air suspension and will ride on Vossen wheels that will be swapped out during the show season to display the manufacturer's lineup.
  • The purple Golf GTI's roof-mounted carrier box is supposed to highlight the vehicle's flexibility, but the gold wheels illustrate its real road-going intentions. 
  • The white Golf R is a taste of forbidden fruit—it was inspired by the British-market Scirocco GT Black Edition.

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