One enduring trend that has yet to reach it’s apex is the use of fender flairs. Those are the first thing the eyes naturally dart to and probably the last thing you see before you jump to the next photo. The flawlessly molded oem-esque flairs lie just beyond the immaculate paint and menacing front mount. So lets be honest, this is about the perfectly practical fitment you will find anywhere. I can only imagine what it would look like to see this widebody beauty fly up in my rearview as I yield to let it overtake.
More often than not, proper body work ends up on the last page of the to-do list so many times that it’s frequently rushed or neglected.Owner Nicholas Dimers shows us that even though it may be last, its certainly not least.
Wow, what can be said that these great pics, haven’t said already? Everything about his 1992 GTI flows so well. Its balances both a show car persona and a real raw track car feel. Nicholas states that it exhibits “European style, low profile, without a big fin or stickers.” The Montana green has always been one of my personal favorites that will remain to be classy when used properly. The OE styled race/show car theme is continued to the interior with color matched roll cage and Recaro 16v seats.
Simple and clean lines are crucial in differentiating a nice car from a jaw dropping one. There is a need for both horizontal and vertical lineage to make these older cars appear modernized. The long hardlines and wide body contours on the front fascia act as a wrapping paper to keep the styling contained. The Euro small bumpers are continuing to be a classy choice for any MK2. There was once a time when your couldn’t give those things away so it’s always nice to see a revival amongst the sea of big bumper second gens.
Of course as nice as all the body work is, it wouldn’t be nearly as notable if it didn’t have a good foundations; THE WHEELS. Now before you you scoff that its just another set of Modernlines, these are actually the original design that Schmidt knocked off. Yup that’s right, real OG Revolution RFX splits for all you young whippersnappers. Left over from Mini Coop heyday they have and still continue to be a coveted piece to add to any period car. Its no small feat to pull off nine inch wide wheels in the front, but that flare work makes it look so natural. This half inch staggered setup is your textbook example of how proper fitment should look. It also serves to help cement all that turbocharged thunder to the ground.
Owner Nicolas credits much of the work and inspiration to Rémi at Unix Performance of Canada. When time came for power upgrades Nicolas was initially leaning towards a blower setup or possibly even sourcing a G60. He even tossed around the notion of a big pawr 16v-T franken-setup, but when Rémi revealed he had a brand new turbo setup that was ready to go, the decision was a definite no brainer.
The hybrid T3/T4 setup proved to be a great system once it was mated with that short runner intake. To top it off, he polished all the plumbing, snail, and even the head to a high luster. Upgrades like these are always a plus for any owner because it doesn’t require a trade off between form and functionality. Not only that but it doesn’t usually require much money either, just a few spare hours and polishing wheels. This is also a time in a build that you can utilize the cheap, drunken workforce of your nearest friends.
The owner and 32 year old Quebec City native has owned several other old schools’ and therefor has had plenty of time to hone his building skills. He even sold his beloved ’83 GTi in order to purchase and finance this 16v build. Since initial completion, he enjoys preserving the car in its current pristine state by making sure it stays garage kept. When he’s not doing that, he enjoys caravaning to all the regional shows and also making the 15 hour one way trek to Ocean City every Autumn for H2Oi.
Nicolas credits much of the styling inspiration to VWVortex user ‘Big Ron’ and his Mk2 and says the car follows the whole, “European style, low profile, without a big fin or stickers.” In other words just pure and simple. He also goes on to state that his favorite aspect of the car is the truly unique wheel setup. They feature Radinox lips like the more modernized Schmidts but these rollers have been refinished A to Zed. He currently gives the car an 8 out of 10 and would eventually like to bag the car and refinish the interior in a classy leather trim. No matter what route he decides to run with, you can rest assured that this is one special Canadian blend that will continue to be a head-turner no matter where it shows up.
-Wheels : Revolution RFX 3 piece wheels, 9×15 in front and 9.5×15 rear. Radinox lips, powdercoated gray barrels and full polished centers with revolution center cap.
-G60 cross drilled discs
-FK tie bar kit, polybushings,
-Custom roll-cage by Unix
-Recaro 16V seats, speaker pods, SWG center console, rear jetta GTX bench
-Unix custom widebody arches
-Happich pop-out windows
-Full polished Porsche door handles
-shaved badge and wiper
-FK crystal cross-air crystal headlights
-Kamei grille spoiler
-euro small bumpers
-short chin spoiler
-Forged balanced and blueprinted 9a bottom end
polished 16v head
-Unix custom short runner intake
-Unix custom stainless chromed intercooler piping (2.5”)
-Turbo T3/T4 (polished turbo)
-Unix custom exhaust system
-02A five speed gearbox with Peloquin differential
-Unix custom 6-puck clutch
-chromed alternator and valve cover