The VW up! What comes to your mind when you hear these words? Well for me, I was like: “Whaaat? What’s that?”. My knowledge for the Volkswagen brand may not be ‘up’ to par but when Stream Line discovered Thiren Naicker and his offering to the VDub world I knew that my camera would drool for a feature. I quickly sought out Google to learn more on the car. The standard VW up! was child’s play compared to the vision that Thiren had applied.

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I have to admit I was drooling as I approached the car at our designated photoshoot venue. I was rather taken aback and completely amazed by seeing a different from the norm type of car being customised and modded. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all modified cars but when you come across something with so much uniqueness, you tend to appreciate it a little more. Purchased 10 months ago, being one of the first VW up! owners in the city, Thiren picked it up for a whopping R150 000. Being a part of the Volkswagen Club of South Africa (VWCSA), inspired him to take on this build and make his mark out there.

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He went for a simple yet classy approach with just the right type of customising. At the rear a Polo GTi diffuser and tailpipe was added, protective headlight tint applied, with the badges dipped in black. This gave it that unique touch.

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According to Thiren, it is South Africa’s first slammed VW up! which rides on FK coilovers that he had imported. His car is just a few mm of the ground. Being his forth set of rim fitted, he recently purchased a set of 17” fifteen52 R34 studded replicas and wrapped them with 185/35/17 Nankang tyres from Hannaford Mag & Tyres.

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Powered by a 1-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine the up! delivers 55kW and 95Nm of torque while fuel consumption is claimed to sit at 4.7-litres/100km. The VW up! features a front wheel drive and 5-speed manual gearbox for the utmost driving pleasure.

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Thiren did not intend to throw in a sound system that will blow the back glass away, he opted for a subtle 10” MTX Subwoofer – for that very low bass frequencies, a set of Pioneer tweeters and mids, a 1000W MTX amplifier, all driven by an Alpine MP3 head unit.

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Thiren says that his future plans are to: “dip the car, take out the coilovers and install some bags”. We look forward to seeing what he does next. Until then, he definitely deserves a pat on the back.

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