Words by Harry / Pics by Sakhile Mbula
The Volkswagen VR6 has made its way onto the pages of Gas Magazine this issue. The name VR6 comes from the combination of German words “Verkürzt” and “Reihenmotor” meaning “shortened inline engine” In South Africa the rivalry between the BMW 325is and the “Voora” has always existed amongst the racing circles. The sweet sound of a VR6 at full throttle is second to none.
The owner of this sweet ride is Xolani Moyana. I first met Xolani at Dyno Wars in March at Kista’s Workshop. We must have spent an entire hour, trying to build a make shift ramp, trying to get his car on the rollers . The problem is the ride height, this car is not lowered or dropped, this car is slammed. So slammed that the oil sump is in a committed relationship with the road. Thereafter he attended State of Stance at Westwood Mall and it was there where I made the decision to feature Chillies or Pelepele (her nicknames). If you have ever owned or driven a Vr6 , there are only ever three modifications ever needed, the first K&N flatbed air filter or induction , the second coil overs, in this case he opted for a set of JOM Coil overs and lower strut bars and finally a full mild steel exhaust .
The rest as they say is history. Xolani maintains the OEM look with a set of Silver Esotril 17 inch mags wrapped in Nankang. The interior trim has been treated to Jom ring gauges on cluster , custom hood linings, momo paddles and mk4 Recaro seats. Ice is courtesy of an Alpine CDA-117Ri, 4x Alpine Type R 6.5” Mids, Alpine Type E 6X9’s, 2x Alpine Type R Subs, 4x Pioneer Dome Tweeters, Lanzar Vibe EQ, Lanzar Opti 500X2 Amp and an AudioBank 4 Channel Amp.
We asked Xolani what made him buy this car and I thought he’s reply was the most amazing answer we have ever had at Gas. I instructed the designers to run the reply without editing or manipulation. This was his reply: 1999 was the year, I was walking to a shopping centre nearby to where I lived when all of a sudden all I could hear were police sirens (Hilux bakkie & RSI) they were giving chase to what look like a black Jetta 3 with personalized plates but this was no average Jetta in the mist of all the siren noises I could hear the following sound coming from the Jetta “Gruuuuuuuuuuum Gruuuuuu Gruuuuu Gruuuuuuuuuum “ this sound really intrigued me. The Jetta went around the block twice and then parked outside a block of flats two guys jumped in and it was off again it looked like a scene from a movie with the cops struggling to keep up with this four pipe beast I caught a glimpse of the rear badge which read VR6, I could hear this car even when it was out of my sight.
When I got home that afternoon I told my uncle about this car and what had happened. He said he knew the car I was talking and that it belonged to a local drug dealer. From that day on my books, calculator and other belonging where identified by the tag VR6, Even when other kids spoke about M3’s, RXI’s and Microbus’ my dream car still remained iVooora. In November 2006 after my search for my own VR6 began. The owner said he would sell me the car if I promised to give the car a good home he even requested to see my current ride to formulate his decision. On Monday the 2 July 2007 at about 18:30
I took ownership of the car did not sleep a wink for the next 2 days.
You have to give it to the brother , persistence and a little luck and he now has his dream car. Xolani tells us what sets his car apart from the rest. He says he made a lot of modifications on his ride but he always kept most of them within the Vag OEM circle. He tells us…
“I think what makes my VR6 different at first glance is ride height or what most enthusiasts call “stance”
Without fail I always get asked by people: “How do you drive that thing so lows” “How do you get over humps?” but the memorable was a overhearing a little boy at Car Show in Nasrec who couldn’t have been over 10 ask his dad how my car got to the show cause it look like its broken.”
He plans to update us with future plans for the princess and we look forward to seeing chillies in the next event. You can find Xolani somewhere where there’s a tunnel like to hear that deep voora roar from time to time, so much so I make it a point that I pass by the Daspoort tunnel when I’m attending shows or visiting Gauteng in my VR6. He is not far away from his beloved Volkswagen Golf R32 with a milltek non resonated exhaust complete with VMR rims and yellow speed coilovers.
Special thanks goes out to my Vura Six Club family, Marvin at TWT Durban, Kenton of Bernard’s Panel Beaters and Paint for being the man with a plan, Malume Steyn for always being just a phone call away, Thokozani, Terence, Ndu, Sizwe for helping me sort the car when is really counted and Snoopy for his tools and in-depth knowledge of all the DIY’s we’ve attempted. Sakhile of SMP for all the awesome snaps of my ride.