Gabriel’s VW Golf GTI Mk5

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Gabriel Beaulieu is a 17-year old living in Quebec City. And he isn't letting his young age get in the way of his passion - upgrading and tuning cars! Gabriel is the founder of EuroCrew/Qc (Crew of Euro Cars in Quebec City). He is also the proud owner of his first car, a 2008 Golf GTI Mk5.

So, let's find out what's hiding under the hood.

Gabriel, how did you become a gearhead?

When I was younger, I always liked to play video games and to create cars, like in Grand Theft Auto. But I was playing the games not because I like shooting and guns - I was playing for the cars! First I bought dirt bikes and quad and now I have my FIRST REAL CAR!

I just recently got my driver's license, and this is my daily drive car. I plan to go to many meets! Next week I am going to Eurocracy Montreal.

Tell us more about this GTI - what's going on under the hood?

It has a 1.4" drop - just keep in mind that the roads in Quebec City are extremely broken down! With a resonator delete modification, I upgraded to a K&N Cold Air Intake, and installed 3SDM wheels. There's more I want to do, but I am building on a 17-year old's budget!

What are your favorite upgrades? What are you planning on upgrading next?

I LOVE my tail lights! They make my car look so aggressive. My 3SDM wheels are just awesome and make my car look great! Finally, I love my new springs because this car needs to be low.

I want to go Stage 1+. I want to buy new coil overs and I want to paint my rear bumper and side skirt. If I have more money, I will buy a votex front lip.

We can see that you're really enjoying your GTI! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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