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The cars that Volkswagen decided to modify and show at SEMA are quite an interesting mix, there’s the Basecamp Atlas and Tao, a pair of ID.4s, an Oettinger-kitted Mk8 GTI and special Jetta GLI concept as well as a MK4 Golf R and a Golf A59 performance prototype. The Atlas models are aimed at the off road/travelling crowd, the ID.4 units are to show that EVs can also be pretty damn cool and the rest are to have something for the tuner/racer crowd. One thing that’s really cool is that brand new 2004 Mk4 R32, which is probably this certain writer’s favourite car from SEMA 2022 so far, but that’s just personal bias. 

The travel-oriented cars are made up of the Atlas Basecamp Camping Concept that has Basecamp® styling components and graphics package, a 2022 Volkswagen Atlas SEL VR6 3.6L 4Motion powerplant, H&R raised suspension, Street Performance Adventure Lift coilovers with TRAK+ wheel spacers, custom floodlightsT, a Volkswagen Accessories cross bar, Thule Basket & Side Awning, a prototype 2-in-1 Air Pump by NSV, a Full Display Mirror, a security console safe by Tuffy Security Products, a tablet holder, Muddybuddy floor liners, a first aid kit, a Bumperdillo protection plate & hood deflector and some nice Frosted Graphite 17-inch fifteen52 Traverse MX. The smaller Taos Basecamp Active Concept is based on the 2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL 4Motion and also features the Basecamp styling components and graphics package and the same (well another set) fifteen52 wheels, lifted suspension with H&R springs and TRAK+ wheel spacers, Volkswagen Accessories base carrier bars and bike racks, and all the same accessories as the Atlas concept, a rear seat cover, a custom cargo divider and custom trunk flood lighting.

The ID.4 EV Drone Command Concept comes from a collab with the Tennessee Valley Authority who wants a 100% electric fleet by 2030. The organisation is testing the ID.4 and as part of this test the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro S has been converted into a Mobile Drone Response Vehicle for response to situations that require a drone. There’s a trunk-housed storage unit for the drone and field equipment, a portable power station, a Thule Caprock platform roof rack, a Thule retractable side awning, heavy-duty suspension, roadside emergency lighting with side and rear-mounted floodlighting, a full-display digital rearview mirror, Volkswagen Accessories splash guards, a spare tyre kit, dock & coat hanger, Muddybuddy floor liners and 18-inch wheels with H&R TRAK+ wheel spacers. The ID.4 Accessories Concept’s changes includes Volkswagen Accessories base carrier bars, a Thule Canyon Basket, an Apex XT 9025XT hitch-mounted bike rack, Splash guards, 18-inch wheels with H&R TRAK+ wheel spacers and the same Volkswagen Accessories components.

The Golf models for SEMA sees one car based on a 2022 Volkswagen GTI SE with 6-speed manual, Oettinger front valance, rear valence and rear spoiler, 20-inch gloss-black multi-spoke wheels 8-piston brake calipers with large 370 mm discs, H&R Street Performance coilovers, a colour-matched roof box, GTI dynamic centre wheel caps, dynamic turn signals, black Bumperdillo rear bumper protection, an enhanced rear view mirror with Homelink Connect,  Monster Mats all-season floor mats, heavy-duty trunk liner with CarGo blocks, and an emergency triangle.The other Golf is the redesigned 2022 Golf R with 235 kW and 400 Nm, either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG transmission, new vehicle dynamics settings and torque-vectoring AWD, advanced DCC functionality with new drive modes, 19-inch black machined aluminium-alloy wheels 358mm front and 310 mm rear vented discs, R-specific MonsterMats, a frameless rearview mirror with HomeLink Connect capability, and a Bumperdillo rear bumper protector.

Take a look at the YouTube video that does a good job of making us jealous because the Oettinger-kitted Mk8 GTI is just too cool and would look great in a local driveway. It's not a fancy vid, just basic B-roll, but it does the job, check it: 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Oettinger-kitted Concept | SEMA Show 2022 | Planet Car News

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