November 27, 2022

Autrey McVicker at BMP Tuning has assembled essentially the most modified Mk8 Golf GTI up to now and arguably essentially the most highly effective, too, but it surely wasn’t simple…

Function from Efficiency VW journal. Phrases: Greg Emmerson. Photographs: Coleman Baker

Anyone who’s tried to change a model new automotive will know the way extremely irritating it may be – elements suppliers are nonetheless creating new merchandise whilst you’re chomping on the bit to get it lowered and louder. And whereas the Mk8 Golf GTI is basically an up to date Mk7, VW modified simply sufficient to maintain all people guessing. Fortuitously, Autrey McVicker at BMP Tuning in Dallas has achieved all of the leg work and we provide his information to constructing a pukka Mk8.

Earlier than he might get began, Autrey wanted a automotive. BMP is famend for its MQB conversions and he needed to be first out of the gates when the Mk8 Golf arrived on US soil to take care of his pioneering popularity. He dutifully positioned a deposit at a neighborhood vendor however they modified the supply date twice, leaving him in the back of the queue.

As automobiles began hitting different sellers final December, Autrey hurled deposits in each path, hoping one would stick. He lastly obtained a vendor to reply however they tried to gouge him an extra 4 grand for “vendor add-ons.” He then positioned deposits on an extra two automobiles, finally successful the lottery with a launch version Golf GTI Autobahn bundle in Pomelo yellow at a vendor in Fort Price. Shopping for the automotive that day, the intense work might start the second he obtained the automotive dwelling.

Instantly the wheels stopped turning within the BMP workshop, the automotive was on the carry and an air gun was on its wheel nuts. With MQB elements flying, the BMP crew set to work seeing what Mk7 Golf elements they’d in inventory and what would match. Because it transpires, there’s extra carry over than maybe VW would care to confess. So far, the one Mk8-specific elements fitted embrace the turbo silencer delete, intercooler hoses, exhaust system, downpipe and, after all, the outside items.

Modified Mk8 Golf GTI

What’s been significantly encouraging for Autrey is the trade help he obtained for the challenge. “It’s been one of many biggest experiences of my life,” he informed us. “I’ve constructed SEMA automobiles earlier than however I’ve by no means had so many producers eager to work with us. It was nice to see their enthusiasm for the challenge and it made an enormous distinction. I’m assured we’ve [at the time of writing] essentially the most closely modified Mk8 in North America, and the best dyno figures.”

BMP Tuning

Autrey constructed a number of automobiles earlier than deciding to give up his job in 2011. He lived on a ship and labored on automobiles earlier than briefly transferring to Houston and again to Dallas. Partnering with Ryan Blair, who ran a neighborhood bodyshop, the pair fashioned BMP Tuning in 2017 and located themselves specializing in the VW MQB platform. This was primarily as a result of Autrey’s first VW was a 2015 Mk7 GTI – he walked into the sunshine, rejecting his previous indiscretions and going full Euro. He’s been constructing VAG automobiles ever since and needed to go away his mark on the brand new Mk8 Golf.

“I do that as a result of it’s enjoyable,” Autrey defined, in reference to BMP. “I began it to construct automobiles and it has allowed me to proceed having enjoyable.” Referring to the Mk8, he continued, “That is what I’d construct if I had a Mk8 however not the workshop… I’d do it regardless, and it makes me actually grateful I obtained into the VW scene. The group is nice and it’s the place I’m staying!” With credentials established, we will proceed with the GTI.

Modified Mk8 Golf GTI: Chassis Tuning

Regardless of it’s comparatively quick gestation, the automotive has been by means of a variety of iterations. If you happen to comply with BMP on-line, you’ll have observed it first featured 19” Rotiform DTM wheels. These have been borrowed from a Mk3 ‘giveaway’ challenge to confirm fitment. And because it seems, the offset is similar as most GTIs.

Equally, the modified Mk8 Golf GTI has seen a variety of suspension upgrades. It started with a set of APR coilovers, which have been kicking round and once more confirmed Mk7 elements would match. Autrey subsequently labored with MSS Suspension to check and launch the corporate’s new conversion. It transpired that, within the US a minimum of, roughly 80% of Mk8 Golf GTI and R fashions have VW’s Dynamic Chassis Management. The MSS package permits homeowners to maintain DCC however decrease the automotive on new spring perches and get higher spring charges for efficiency use.

Extra not too long ago, Autrey switched to Air Carry, presumably to draw the eye of the world’s biggest VW tuning journal… Using 3P administration and 24” FLO tank, Autrey was working with Kustomz Limitless in Dallas on a customized boot set up simply days earlier than these pictures have been taken. Given the time crunch, the show is considerably minimal, however they plan to finally set up a half-cage, subwoofers, amps, and the entire 9 yards.

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With strikes afoot to extract extra efficiency from the Golf GTI by means of tuning, Autrey obtained two-piece brake discs from 034Motorsports. They have been 340mm (13.4”) diameter up entrance, which is similar as his normal Mk8 Golf rotors and equates to the scale of the bigger Mk7 GTI S spec (that means the Mk8 Golf seems to have bigger normal discs than the Mk7).

For the rear, 034 provides 350mm (13.8”) discs, that are considerably larger than the 210mm normal elements. They have been equipped with brackets to reposition the calipers.

Fitted in live performance with oddly sized 9.3×19” 034 ZTF-01 cast wheels, Autrey claims he shed about 20kg from the entrance of the automotive, additional aiding the efficiency enhancements.

Mk8 Golf GTI Tuning

Boasting 240hp and 270 lb/ft, the 1984cc AE888 Evo4 engine delivers first rate energy, though considerably wanting the R’s 315hp. The deficit clearly signifies there’s extra to come back, and Autrey uncorked the two.0T with a JB4 piggyback ECU from Burger Motorsports since no one has efficiently decoded the manufacturing facility black field at the moment.

To help its respiration, the modified Mk8 Golf GTI has an APR carbon consumption, IE intercooler and Forge BOV. On the exhaust facet, BMP opted for Milltek downpipes with cats and cat-back exhaust. In addition they deleted the restrictive turbo muffler with a one-piece package from CTS Turbo.

The sum of those elements is a extremely spectacular 321hp and 350lb/ft on the wheels measured by a neighborhood Dynojet rolling street. And whereas that is astonishing given the bolt-on nature of the mods, Autrey might take into account a giant turbo and cat-less energy as soon as software program turns into out there.

Modified Mk8 Golf GTI

It’s attention-grabbing to notice that Autrey has chronicled the engine growth and reported a staggering 15hp improve from the Milltek exhaust for the VW Golf GTI Mk8. There’s additionally alleged to be 6-7hp from the turbo muffler delete, which is how the numbers begin including up.

Predictably, with a number of dyno visits, Autrey experiences “The clutch isn’t completely satisfied but it surely’ll be upgraded quickly!”

Unable to have a look at its distinctive metallic paint with out being reminded of BMW’s Austin yellow, there’s no denying the BMP Mk8 Golf GTI is a head turner. However whereas Mk7 mechanical elements will match the brand new automotive, it was a unique story for the outside. Fortuitously, a number of specialists have been on their recreation, together with Circulation Designs in Australia, which assembled a splitter package. This was augmented by an Oettinger rear wing after plans for a Golf R spoiler have been dashed. Autrey truly positioned an order however found the R half was solely out there with a painted end, making it dearer and requiring further cash to color it Pomelo. “It’s nonetheless months away,” Autrey lamented in reference to VW provide delays. Nevertheless, he efficiently raided the Golf R elements bin for facet skirts and mirror caps, whereas VW Equipment supplied glitter corresponding to Dynamic indicators.


The inside is virtually normal, with solely a Black Forest gear knob and gaiter making the spec record. “The GTI seats and steering wheel are wonderful, so I didn’t see any purpose to swap them for now,” Autrey defined. In fact, we predict that may change because the challenge develops with the rear cage and audio system…

With fierce willpower, tons of trade help and a fanatical devotion to VW tuning, Autrey and BMP Tuning have assembled a really respectable Mk8 GTI inside months of its arrival. We all know he’ll proceed to pioneer the brand new platform and we will thank him for the fitment ideas that may save the remainder of us time and frustration. And with a Mk1 VW Golf challenge additionally underway, Autrey is equally decided to show he’s able to greater than an encyclopedic information of the MQB platform.

Modified Mk8 Golf GTI

Tech Spec: Modified Mk8 Golf GTI


2.0 litre, four-cylinder 16V EA888 Evo4 with Burger Motorsports JB4 piggyback ECU, APR open consumption, carbon inlet pipe, coil packs and quick shifter, CTS Turbo muffler delete, Milltek downpipe and stainless-steel cat-back exhaust with black ideas, Built-in Engineering FDS intercooler and hoses, Forge Motorsport blow-off valve, Black Forest Industries Stage 3 engine mounts, 034Motorsports pendulum mount, V2 insert, higher insert and carbon fuse field cowl, RacingLine fluid caps and dipstick, Mk7 bonnet strut


9.3×19” (ET +42, 5×112) cast 034Motorsports ZTF-01 wheels painted gunmetal, 235/35 R19 Bridgestone Potenza S005 tyres, Racingline 80mm conical stud conversion, Air Carry efficiency air suspension with 3P administration system and 24” FLO air tank, KW DCC delete package, 034 rear spherical trailing arms, sway bar, Dynamic+ camber and roll centre ball joints, plus entrance spherical and rear Dynamic+ finish hyperlinks, 034 340mm two-piece entrance brake discs, 350mm rears with caliper brackets, Neuspeed brake strains, OCDEuro rear brace


Circulation Designs Mk8 GTI splitter package, Oettinger rear wing, Golf R facet skirts and mirror caps, APR rear wiper delete, OEM VW Dynamic indicators, colour-coded reflectors and window visors, RacingLine gas cap, BadgeSkins exterior vinyl, Premium Deutsch carbon mirror caps and rear honeycomb reflector replacements


BFI GS2 gear knob and gaiter, Kustomz Limitless customized trunk set-up


BMP Tuning, 034Motorsports, Jeff at Air Carry, Black Forest Industries, Built-in Engineering, Khamla with Kustomz Limitless, Milltek Exhausts, Greg Lilly at Underground Graphix