We're a few months away from the SEMA show, but Volkswagen has already rolled out a number of custom automobiles to show the public. They've been built for the SOWO: The European Experience car show in Georgia this weekend. It's a show that is specifically for European cars, so it's a perfect place for VW to show off what you can do with its current models. The five cars on display range from very basic customization, to much more elaborate builds, and according to VW, they are "inspired by the diverse interests of Volkswagen enthusiasts."

Two cars vie for the title of most significantly altered machine, the first of which is the Golf Alltrack Country you see above. It's a tribute to the Golf Country of the early '90s, which was a lifted Golf hatch with four-wheel-drive and brush guards. This modern interpretation takes the already taller Alltrack and adds an extra two inches of ground clearance along with all-terrain tires on 15-inch wheels. Extra foglights and light bars adorn the front, and the back of the Golf has a bike rack with two Trek mountain bikes. On top is a pop-up tent with a solar panel. The panel charges batteries mounted below the trunk, which in turn power the entertainment system mounted in the spare tire well. There's also a solar-heated shower campers can use.

Volkswagen Golf GTI RS
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Volkswagen Golf GTI RS
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Volkswagen Golf GTI RS
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Volkswagen Golf GTI RS
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Volkswagen Golf GTI RS
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The other big build on display is a GTI built by the creative director of Vossen wheels. It's called a GTI RS, and features graphics and logos with the name in the same script Porsche uses for its cars. Bolted to each fender is a radical Rocket Bunny widebody kit, and of course Vossen wheels lurk beneath. Up top is a Thule roof rack and cargo box. Inside the car, the rear seats have been removed entirely in favor of a roll cage, and the factory front seats have been replaced by a pair of racing seats with some dark red leather upholstery.



There's one other Golf that Volkswagen has on display. It's a Golf R with a sharp-looking paint job. It's finished in a dark black with some slender stripes in the colors of the German flag. Complementing the stripes are some white stripes at the bottom with the Vossen wheels name, and a big "7" in a circle. Not much else was done to it except a set of Vossen wheels and lowering springs from H&R Springs.



Another subtly modified VW at the event is the Jetta GLI Nardo. Its modification list includes a "Nardo" gray hue cribbed from Audi, and H&R Springs coilover suspension. What makes it unique is that it will have a variety of wheels bolted to it throughout the event. All the wheels come from HRE.

Volkswagen Beetle Post concept
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Volkswagen Beetle Post concept
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Volkswagen Beetle Post concept
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Volkswagen Beetle Post concept
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Volkswagen Beetle Post concept
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Volkswagen Beetle Post concept
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Volkswagen Beetle Post concept
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Volkswagen Beetle Post concept
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The last car on display is a Volkswagen Beetle. It was built for BMX racer Alise Post, and unsurprisingly, the modifications are mostly geared to riding BMX bikes. The roof rack has space for a pair of GW BMX bikes, and the trunk features a rack for a couple of bike wheels and tires. It has a "Habanero Orange" paint job with Volkswagen graphics along the doors, and it's dropped to the ground on H&R coilover suspension.

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