Austria's annual Worthersee festival, one of Europe's premiere automotive aftermarket extravaganzas focusing on VWs and Audis, is once again welcoming a stunning concept version of Volkswagen's famous GTI hot hatch. Called the Volkswagen Design Vision GTI, the car is a collaborative effort between VW engineers and designers, and on paper at least it's one good looking (at least in concept drawing form) and monster performing GTI. It follows in the footsteps of other show stars such as the GTI W12-650 - the mid-engined, rear-drive 12-cylinder GTI that debuted at Worthersee in 2007.
While the base GTI produces 210 hp, VW says the race-car like Design Vision GTI, which is based on the seventh gen model GTI, will push out an impressive 503 hp at 6500 rpm and a max of 413 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Instead of the standard 2.0-liter four cylinder engine, this GTI uses a 3.0-liter V6 with twin turbochargers. Reaching 62 mph in 3.9 seconds takes this concept to speed some 3-seconds faster than the standard GTI, on to a top speed of 186 mph. Even better, the Design Vision is fitted with VW's DSG dual-clutch automatic trans and all-wheel-drive. Now that should be standard!
Going that fast is going to require some powerful stopping power. To help with that are large carbon-ceramic brake discs at 15-inches in front and 14-inches in back. The disc brakes and calipers are painted in red and peek through the spokes of the 20-inch alloy wheels (235 tires in the front, 275s at the rear). Taken from the 'Austin' GTI design, these wheels feature integrated blades and vent hot brake gas through the opening.
While the design is obviously VW, it also rings true to GTI. But the Design Vision GTI is shorter, wider and lower than traditional GTI's, making for a much more aggressive, race-car look. And adding to this are the traditional black (add-ons)-white (paint)-and-red (GTI insignia and strip) colors.
The striking design of the C-pillar is drawn outward while the main part of the body narrows toward the rear. Emphasizing the doors are vertical air outlets, while the sill grows outward until its upper edge merges with the C-pillar. Adding to the sleek look of the concept GTI are the radiator grille, bottom air inlet, and brake cooling vents that are combined with the headlights and are framed by the front fenders and hood. And the lighting elements are set back, adding to the mean look of the concept.
While the exterior is designed with a 'while we're at it' approach, the interior is quite simplistic, eliminating as much as possible in keeping with its motorsports theme. A number of the controls and switches are integrated into the upper section of the center console making for a cleaner design. Offering three different drive modes: 'Street,' 'Sport' and 'Track,' this VW will surely an absolute beast to drive.
The rear seats are deleted and are instead replaced by an X-shaped cross member, further strengthening body stiffness. And offering even more track capabilities is a large display to the right of the instruments showing the track map the driver is on as well as lap times. Cameras integrated into the A-pillar can either show the occupants what is going on inside the cabin or on track.
We look forward to seeing the Design Vision GTI in the sheetmetal soon as Worthersee is already underway today through Saturday, May 8-11.