The Volkswagen Golf GTI BBS concept has been unveiled as a collaboration by these two iconic brands to pay tribute to the only US-built 1984 Mk2 Golf GTI. The design was headed up by Volkswagen and Philadelphia-based VW enthusiast Jamie Orr, who is most famous in SA for shoving a VR6 in the bonnet of a Citi Golf.
Orr states that the goal of this Volkswagen Golf GTI BBS concept was to highlight elements that have made the moniker so iconic through the years. “We wanted to maintain the soul of the Mk8, so we went with more traditional modifications. But we left the interior, body, and powertrain exactly as it came from the factory. Take those wingback seats, with this striking red design; they are just phenomenal. Changing any of that would have been a shame.”
What sets the Volkswagen Golf GTI BBS concept apart from the standard model is the 19-inch Super RS-design wheels which boast the iconic waffle and hex pattern. These are wrapped in a set of Delinte D7 235/35 R19 tyres. Adding more presence to the ride is a set of H&R coilovers of which the front has been slightly redesigned to provide more camber.
As stated, the EA888 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine has remained untouched with a power output of 180 kW and 370 N.m of torque but Orr opted to enhance its character by fitting a Borla exhaust system. A retro-inspired red and black BBS livery has been applied to the body together with a yellow shade for the chequered flag foglamps to round off the design study.
For the original Mk2, “Volkswagen used all the elements its customers loved about the first GTI and built upon them,” said Orr. “The Mk8 has a new body style and more power under the hood, plus a bunch of tweaks that make it the best handling GTI I’ve ever driven.”