Before launching our new m52 division, we at fifteen52 have been working with Volkswagen of America on several high-profile project builds. This 2019 GLI you see here is the most recent.
The all-new GLI stands to factor heavily into the future m52 USA business model, as unlike the Mk6 version, the new Mk7 GLI is 100% MQB-based and as a result, the GLI now shares all the important mechanical bits with its GTI sibling. This means that most of our m52 GTI product portfolio will be applicable to the new GLI.
This project was completed before we had time to ship over our current m52 GTI offerings from our UK operations, but you can see it is wearing two different new wheel designs based on the Super Touring Chicane and Podium models that are currently listed on our site. Sized 20x8.5 and wearing 235/30-20 Falken FK510 tires, the touring car theme behind these new fifteen52 wheels definitely suits this long and low sedan quite perfectly.
In addition to the new rolling stock, the Mk7 GLI was also fitted with a set of KW V3 DCC coilers. After all, that touring car inspired stance isn't going to happen without the ability to sit the car low over those 20" wheels and tires. Inside the wheels is a front and rear Tarox big brake kit designed specifically for the VAG MQB chassis. We did manage to ship over a GTI prototype m52 cat-back exhaust system, and modified it to fit the Jetta.
For the exterior we worked with our friends at 3D Carbon to create a GLI-specific front splitter piece and rear ducktail-style spoiler for the trunk lid (these parts will be available for sale on our site soon). While we were at it, we had the side mirrors painted gloss black, the front brake duct surrounds painted white, and added a pair of Super Touring side graphics.
This GLI is currently with VWoA as part of their enthusiast concept fleet, where they take a variety of mildly-modified new-model VWs to enthusiast events around the country. As soon as we can get the GLI back to our m52 USA HQ in SoCal, we plan to fit it with our X3 airbox, engine bay dress-up parts, engine mounts, DSG paddles, prototype intercooler and downpipe parts, and by then we expect to have a working ECU and TCU calibration files to add to the mix.
As we mentioned above, expect to see a lot of new GLI m52 product support in the very near future.