A min­i­mal­ist ap­proach for max­i­mum fun

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - ASHWEN SINGH

TO MANY, the Volk­swa­gen Citi Golf is the Ferrari of the work­ing class. The Citi has de­fied the norms of what some con­sider con­tem­po­rary mo­tor­ing.

The stan­dard car, like a blank “au­to­mo­tive” can­vas, is not too spe­cial – its ap­peal lies in the po­ten­tial of what it can be­come.

Mack Ramiah is a 33-year-old fam­ily man, liv­ing in Phoenix, who works as a site clerk for a lo­gis­tics com­pany. His hob­bies in­clude fish­ing, play­ing the FIFA video game on Plays­ta­tion and at­tend­ing auto events, such as show and shines and sound-offs. His beloved 2005 Citi Golf 1.4i is fea­tured this week.

Ramiah’s car has a fac­tory-fit­ted

1.4 fuel-in­jected power plant which ben­e­fits from min­i­mal­ist me­chan­i­cal up­grades, in the form of a BMC air fil­ter and branch man­i­fold – mated to a Pri­maforce per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem for ex­tra power.

The ex­te­rior re­flects the form and func­tional mer­its of a set of Vw-sourced 15-inch R Line mag wheels, af­ter-mar­ket wind­shields, cool graph­ics, LED lights and clear LED front in­di­ca­tor lenses.

An oth­er­wise stan­dard in­te­rior flaunts a Ve­loc­iti steer­ing wheel and Polo TSI gear­knob and cover.

I have yet to come across a VW that doesn’t boast a boot­ful of sound. This one is no dif­fer­ent, fea­tur­ing a com­pe­ti­tion-wor­thy 136db in­stal­la­tion which com­prises a Pi­o­neer Mix­trax head unit, a pair of Pi­o­neer 6x9s and su­per tweet­ers, as well as a 12-inch XTC Big Daddy sub­woofer wired to an 8000W Au­dio Gods Monoblock am­pli­fier.

Ramiah, in­ci­den­tally, is a proud mem­ber of the pop­u­lar and fre­quently ref­er­enced HLR (Hus­tle Loy­alty Re­spect) Crew car club, a lo­cal col­lec­tive of like-minded auto en­thu­si­asts.

It was not dis­closed how much was spent on this car.

SER­VICE PROVIDER: Sound­lab Phoenix

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