Awesome! When I had my VW's I was always drooling over their stuff. Thanks for posting.
After working with APR through my dealership for sometime now, the thought of actually visiting the APR HQs and seeing firsthand what exactly it is that has continuously set them apart from the masses has crossed my mind often. Never mind the fact that there is plenty of personal interest as well, after all I do have a '12 GTI TSI that is in dire need of more umph. (Stage 2 mayhaps?)
After I mapped out the logistics of my stay, I flew into Birmingham, AL, and I met up with Kurt who is out there for work. Since he is an over-all car guru, I already knew I'd be out of my (in relation to him) amateur element once the technical conversations and German accent impersonations took off, (boys *rolleyes ). But we both made the trip to Opelika, down the smooth pavements of the south; highway 280 led us right to APR's front door. I'll quote some of Kurt's post from the golfmk6 forum as he gives a great illustration of the experience.
The view alone when you park along the front line overlooking highway 280, is pretty breathtaking. Not only was the front line lined with all things of VAG greatness; but you can actually see the sun setting over the hills while sitting in the lounge area. Now that's an experience.Originally Posted by KurtP
The one thing I can't get over, this coming from working in the service dept at a VW dealership, is the cleanliness and tidiness both in and out of the shop. You'd think they just moved in two weeks ago and everything was just put in its place. After working in a couple of dealerships, I'm disappointed to admit that this is a bit uncharacteristic. This fact alone already gives you the confidence in the quality produced out of such a facility.Originally Posted by KurtP
After the facility tour we got a ride-along in Evan's MK6 GTI stage3+. Yeah. Awesome doesn't even cut it The over-all set up was a perfect example of form follows function. The way it should be, especially when seeking power and performance.Originally Posted by KurtP
Since Evan and Arin didn't think we were a bunch-a weirdos (inside joke there) we all went out for some great food and drinks afterward and had a blast. Those German impersonations are apparently a big thing for Evan too, who knew! :p
Thank you to Arin and Evan for being so welcoming and showing us around. I'm sorry I won't be there this coming weekend for the races, but I expect you guys to kick butt and have a great time doing it
(I apologize for the crappy pics, only had battery on iphone)
(Evan and Arin)
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Their badges reflect their true to a streamlined lookOriginally Posted by cockerpunk
Listen, I wish! I'm making the road trip there to get the work done. Total experience.Originally Posted by Time for a GTI[/quote
We really enjoyed our time with you two and you're welcome back any time. Thanks for the writeup!
So awesome, I have to make the pilgrimage one day when I'm around the area.
I want to work for you guys so bad! Accepting any applications in the Industrial Design field?
Or I can sweep a mean floor as well, i've been told i'm the best
i'll echo what everyone else has said about the facility. I took my B8 S4 down there when they needed a car to play with for a few days with the S-tronic. Took a friend and I to lunch, did the tour. Dyno'd my car and then gave me a nearly brand new A4 S-line with their tune to drive in the mean time while they played with mine.
I couldn't say enough good things about the guys honestly.
Look's like Arin took Keith's old office maybe :p
Great write up Tania!!!! I will have to make the drive down from my job in Irondale, AL the next time I'm there!! I have talked to the guys from APR at shows before and they, by far, have the friendliest staff out of all the vendors I visit. I absolutely love my RSC 3" Performance Exhaust, and recommend it to anyone looking for an exhaust. I can't wait to purchase more good stuff from APR for my 08' MKV GTI FSI in the future
The SEMA CC and flat black GTi are a long way from home. They stayed at my old dealership right by HQ for quite some time. Looks like ya'll have had them for a while as the inspection stickers we put on have expired.
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