Nik Preusser | Jetta SportWagen

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Words: Brian Buckley

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