Nik Preusser | Jetta SportWagen

Every once and again, someone gets a car just right. This is one of those times.

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Any project is a sum of its parts. Not just a selection of items, but the combination of large and small details. Most of these smaller bits go unnoticed by the casual observer, especially among the more subtle & detail oriented Euro car crowd. This is a project that takes on taste and subtlety, combined with the usability and style of a long roofed variant of the MK6 Golf.

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Bought new in December of 2013, Nik hardly wasted a moment before adding some tech, with a Navigation unit from the Golf R. And then within six months, an air ride setup consisting of parts from Airlift, controlled by Accuair E-Level. As time passed, a rotating cast of wheels came and went before refinishing the current set of two piece BBS SR-V wheels, personally, in his basement. Next came quite the list of parts from Integrated Engineering, includes a delightful count of billet pieces, IE’s own intake manifold for the five-pot 2.5 engine, and even an in-house dyno tune yielding 219 naturally aspirated horsepower. All of which is sure to make this quite a sporty wagon.

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To accompany that well sorted bump in power, Nik changed seating from stock to the GTI Tartan Plaid setup, which provides a bit of hot hatch feel, in a larger package. This, combined with the Golf R nav unit and six speed manual transmission make for quite the driver’s experience.

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While many projects can look like an “air & wheels” car on the surface, Nik has provided us with another reason to look more closely for the important details that make for a really great build. We look forward to seeing more details evolve on this great wagon in the future.

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You hate to see it go, but you love to hear that tuned 2.5 leave.

Words: Brian Buckley

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