Hustling hard with a pave­ment pounder

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - ASHWEN SINGH

THE VW Polo was in­tro­duced to the South African mar­ket a few years prior to the mil­len­nium.

It has since grown in pop­u­lar­ity to be­come one of the top-sell­ing hatch­backs in the coun­try.

For “petrol­heads” the Polo boasts, per­haps most im­por­tantly, high “street cred” and the prospect of vir­tu­ally lim­it­less per­for­mance scal­a­bil­ity.

Kriben Goven­der is the 26-year-old owner of this week’s fab­u­lous fea­tured ride, a cool 2009 Volk­swa­gen Polo 1.4i.

Goven­der, who works as a su­per­vi­sor at a lo­cal re­tail com­pany, lives in Phoenix.

His hob­bies and in­ter­ests in­clude soc­cer and at­tend­ing car shows.

Me­chan­i­cally, Goven­der’s VW Polo was kept stan­dard. Per­for­mance-wise, it has the ad­e­quately-pow­ered 1400cc fac­tory-fit­ted fuel-in­jected power plant.

In con­trast to the rather “vanilla” me­chan­i­cal set-up, the ex­te­rior boasts a Cupra front lip and sporty boot spoiler, while the car’s low-slung coil over sus­pen­sion is fit­tingly mated to a set of pop­u­lar 17-inch Lenzo mag wheels, teamed with a set of 185/35/17-inch rub­bers in the front and 195/40/17 at the rear.

No Polo is com­plete with­out a rock­ing sound sys­tem and this one is def­i­nitely no ex­cep­tion. It rocks out with the qual­ity likes of a Sony Xplod head unit, a set of Pioneer 6x9s, a pair of Pioneer su­per tweet­ers and a duo of Targa Comp sub­woofers.

The in­stal­la­tion is wired to an Au­diobank 2 000W am­pli­fier.

Goven­der is a proud mem­ber of the pop­u­lar, fre­quently ref­er­enced

HLR (Hus­tle

Loy­alty Re­spect) per­for­mance car club, a lo­cal col­lec­tive of like­minded au­to­mo­tive en­thu­si­asts.

SER­VICE PROVIDERS: Wayne's Auto, Unit 17, Phoenix

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