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Mongrel or Masterpiece? 1.8 Turbo Swapped Mk2 VW Golf GTI Review

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After a run of JDM reviews, we're back to European cars with this interesting creation. A 1989 Mk2 Golf GTI - but with a heart transplant courtesy of a Seat Leon Cupra! But how well do 250+ turbocharged horses play with a 30 year old chassis? Let's find out!


The spec, courtesy of the owner:


"Mk2 Golf GTI 1.8t

Originally 16v shell.
Previous owner spent £6000 on some restoration work.
G60 front arches, stock rear arches.

02j diesel gearbox from a Skoda octavia TDI
AGU block with forged rods
Shallow sump
Bam inlet manifold
K04 turbo
550cc injectors
G60 brakes
Car has been road mapped so unsure on power figure although expected to be in the 260-300bhp region.
Running 21psi boost
Full trackslag 3” exhaust and downpipe

Clocks, loom, central locking, working TCS, electric windows, ignition etc all from the donor car which was a seat Ibiza cupra.

Coilovers (unsure on brand)
Audi A8 forged winter alloys
Ns20 tyres (crap)
Gti edition seats from a mk3 golf"



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