My ABT Supercharged MKV R32

Justin Fox

Ready to race!
Hi guys,

Been away for a while since I sold my MKV GTI. Image below:

Build Thread here:

I'm now back in a MKV R32 which I bought off a fellow Forum Administrator Jose (aka JIG).

I don't plan on doing much more to the car as it's my daily driver and will not see the track, but hey... you never know! ;)

I'll get up to speed with a spec list and what I've done to date on it so far.

MY08 VW Golf MK V R32 Coupe, 3 Door Coupe DSG.

- ABT Sportsline Supercharger with Stage 2 pulley, 272KW and 400Nm
- Injen Pod Filter with Hydro-Shield
- Supersprint headers (ceramic coated)
- HJS 200 cell sport catalytic converter
- Capristo 3 Stage Valve-tronic cat back exhaust system
- DSG tune
- Sprintbooster

Suspension and Handling
- KW Clubsports coilovers
- H&R front and rear sway bars
- Volkswagen Racing side and lower engine mounts and transmission mount
- Unibrace XB

Wheels and Brakes
- ADV5.1 18x8.5 +42 1 piece forged wheels
- Brembo GT 6 piston 2-piece big brake kit with drilled rotors (front)
- DBA X-GOLD rear rotors with custom black painted hats (rear)
- Hankook Ventus R-S3 235/40/18
- 10mm ECS hubcentric spacers (front)
- Ichiba lug nuts
- McGard black edition lock nuts

- OSIR carbon fibre front mask with high mesh grill
- OSIR carbon fibre front lip spoiler
- OSIR carbon fibre side mirrors with In-Pro smoked signals
- OSIR carbon fibre rear spoiler
- OSIR carbon fibre rear valance
- Carbon fibre steering wheel in Alcantara
- S2T VW DSG Paddle Shifters
- Carbon fibre interior accents (doors, dash, ash tray, gear knob)
- Alcantara shift boot
- 3D Design carbon fibre bonnet vents
- JCaps billet aluminium caps for oil, washer and steering Fluid
- MTEC LED license plate lights
- Stubby antenna
- P3Cars Vent Integrated Digital Interface
- Carbon seat adjustment inserts
- Nokya H7 hyperyellow bulbs
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Justin Fox

Ready to race!

What the car looked like on delivery.

I got the boys at SMOG car wraps next door to help me remove the massive Ramspeed "Tattoo" on the drivers side of the car. Unfortunately when trying to remove it, it lifts and damages the vinyl underneath. I had 2 options. Either pay to re-wrap the entire panel or take off all of the wrap. I thought I'd sleep on it, but after way too many drinks I yelled out at everyone still left at the party we were having at Zen Garage and asked everyone to help me remove the wrap (that's when the real party started HAHA!).

In no time at all (10 minutes?!) the wrap was off, and damn the car looks way classier (IMHO) without the wrap. United Grey R32 Golf, Gunmetal Grey R32 GT-R. My garage is looking good!

Justin Fox

Ready to race!

These MASSIVE paddled had to go. Couldn't even get my fingers between them and the steering wheel as they were soooo close to the wheel (I was basically having to drive with the palms of my hands and fingers resting lightly on the paddles).

S2T paddles installed. Had these on my GTI and LOVED them. Still do.


Justin Fox

Ready to race!
Today I got around to fitting new tyres, as well as sort out my intake issue (intake opening sitting SO close to the ground, dangerous if I was to ever drive through a puddle!). Everything was done in-house at JDMyard:

I ended up choosing to go with the Hankook Ventus R-S3. As aggressive as a street tyre gets. This tyre was used on the winning car in last year’s World Time Attack Clubsprint Class. Only top shelf tyres for MKVR32!!!

235/40/18. The 225's on the car were stretched. I hate stretched tyres so I was hoping these would look a lot fatter AND I've managed to get the right load rating too (not that it's ever been an important thing to me).

Old tyres.

New tyres. FAT! Now that's a LOT better!!! :cool:

Rears are now looking pretty amazing.

Oh yeah. Tasty!

Ooft! I'm happy.

Old Dunlops. Camber ate away the insides.

Had to hit Zi up for one of his elite coffees. Best coffee I've had since Melbourne a few months ago.

Also spotted this up on the board. You go girl! :)

The BMC intake had to go. With it's opening at the bottom so close to the road it was always going to cause extreme paranoia in wet conditions.

The BMC filter removed.

We went for an Injen pod filter with a Hydro-Shield pre-filter.

Injen Technology’s HYDRO-SHIELD PRE-FILTERS are race proven material manufactured from highly durable polyester. Uniform micron openings allow the filtering of debris .005” or larger. The HYDRO-SHIELD PRE-FILTERS are factory treated using an embedded hydrophobic process, which offers consistent airflow, water repellency and maintains horsepower gains. (Please note that this item is water repellent, not water proof).

You can see it sits a bit higher than the BMC. Not pictured, but clamps were made to hold it in place securely afterwards.

MUCH better air flow straight to the filter now.

Just for jokes. John suggested installing a colour coded Beaks bar to match my brakes :lol:

OK so I didn't get a chance to throw the car through corners to test out the tyres, but I'm confident they'll be amazing. On very big bumps the rears scrub in the very slightest. Bit of a shame but I have a hunch it'll go away as it's ever so slight (in comparison to what I've come across in the past on my MKV GTI!). Intake has made everything louder! The supercharger whine is louder, the exhaust too. I'd say by about 5-10% louder and I LOVE IT! Could be my head playing tricks on me, but on launching it feels like all tyres want to let go now. I'm pretty sure this filter is helping the car to breathe a LOT better than the BMC.

PS: Massive thanks to the JDMyard boys. John for fitting my tyres and Kiet for for the work with my intake.


nip deep in pow
Denver, CO
Beautiful. I've always liked this car, and it's nice to see it went to a good home. Too bad you couldn't keep the wrap, but the car looks great without it! :thumbsup:

Can't wait to see what else you have in store for it.