Cutting down on that wheel gap.
One of the biggest criticisms of the stock Volkswagen GTI/GLI models (especially in the MKIV generation) was its factory ride height. The factory rims and its taller stance is often seen as an eyesore, and enthusiasts look to drop it like it’s hot, right off the bat. This 2005 Volkswagen GTI with a new set of Niche wheels said ‘goodbye’ to that wheel gap and ‘hello’ to a superb fitment.
This Reflex Silver Volkswagen GTI may have a more pedestrian factory paint, but a few exterior upgrades have helped it to stand out from the crowd. All of the windows were given a sharp tint along with the side markers and turn signal repeaters. The front grille and Volkswagen badge both wear the dark paint and the headlights feature black housing to create a more menacing stare. To match the lowered fitment with Niche wheels, a new front lip spoiler, rear valence and side skirts were also added.
Arguably the biggest part of the transformation with this Volkswagen GTI comes from the stance. Matching the new Niche wheels and Pirelli tires are suspension goodies that chop that wheel gap away and lend to a more engaging driving experience. New Koni coilovers help drop the ride height by 1.6 inches total, lending to a better center of gravity for the front-wheel drive hot hatch. New H&R anti-roll bars help to reduce flex at both axles and cut down on body roll for better handling dynamics.
The finishing touch is a new set of Niche Verona M150 wheels. These wheels sit firmly in an 18.0 x 9.5 setup with 5 x 100 bolt pattern at the front and rear with their sticky 225/48/18 Pirelli PZero Nero tires that grab at the asphalt. Each of these Niche wheels proudly show off their machined black finish on their classic seven-spoke design.
With its new fitment, this Volkswagen GTI definitely knows how to drop it like it hot.
Vehicle: 2005 Volkswagen GTI
Wheels: Niche Verona M150
Wheel Finish: Machined Black
Wheel Size: 18.0 x 9.5
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 100
Tires: Pirelli PZero Nero
Tire Size: 225/40/18
Suspension: Koni coilovers and H&R anti-roll bars (1.6-inch reduced ride height)