|Volkswagen’s latest Concept car Design Vision GTI premiered at the GTI meet at the Austrian City of Reifnitz.|
The Volkswagen Concept car Design Vision GTI is conceptualized by the Wolfsburg-based marque’s engineers and designers especially for the GTI meet at Wörthersee which began yesterday, 8 May.
The Volkswagen Concept Design Vision GTI is based on the 7th generation Golf GTI. With enlarged track widths and specially developed 20-inch wheels, the Volkswagen Concept Design Vision GTI or Super GTI can power up to 503 PS and reach a top speed of 300 km/h.
Volkswagen’s Super GTI takes up the traditional GTI triad of “black – white – red.” The paint is white (“White Club”), the add-on parts are black (“piano paint black”), and the GTI insignia as well as the strip integrated in the front are red. The front fascia is predominantly highlighted by the honeycomb upper and bottom portions of the radiator grille and inlet, long and wide bonnet, the side openings for cooling, and the existing LED hook-shaped headlights. At the side, the detached C-pillar is the obvious feature, as are the back roof pillar and the narrow silhouette to the rear of the car. Further, vertical air outlet located behind the front wheel and the sill that goes outward until the upper edge of the C pillar form very aspired contours of a track car. From the rear, the Super GTI has an integrated rear spoiler similar to the production variant, but with added ribs of the rear diffuser that is framed by the silencer and pipes. The rearlights of the Super GTI consist of two horizontal “blades” arranged underneath that connect the rear. Twenty-inch Austin GTI rims, along with 235/30 front, 275/30 rear tyres complete the Design Vision GTI package.
In dimensions, the Volkswagen Concept Design Vision GTI is accentuated by the Modular Transverse Matrix (MBQ). The Super GTI measures 4,253 mm, 15mm shorter than the road going GTI, thanks to longer wheelbase, shorter front overhang and more compact rear apron. Its height is 1,442 mm and width measures at 1,870 mm instead of production GTI’s measurement of 1,799 mm.
The interior of the Volkswagen Concept Design Vision GTI is given a lot of thought as well. Highlights include, the steering with optimized DSG gear shift paddles; 3 driving modes: ‘Street’, ‘Sport’ & ‘Track’; start switch to the right hand side; rugged turn knobs for A/C, temperature, hazard light and on-board camera switches; a push start button for fire extinguisher; a ESP deactivation switch; and a sporty DSG gear shift at the bottom part of the center console.
The shapes of the dashboard and the center console correspond to the well-known GTI interior in their configuration; they are arranged, though, in an even more driver-oriented way, as in motor racing. Interior materials comprise partial use of reinforced carbon, alcantara in “Anthracite” and “Titan Black” as well as nappa leather in “Black” and “Flash red”. Additional details include red loop door handles, X-Shaped cross member at the back seats, and two black integral helmets are stored away under the cross member. Last, but not least, a large display to the right of the main instruments also shows the circuit in question and supplies information about the times driven. The show-stopper is: The display communicates with other vehicles on the course and calculates the details about the current status of the race or track activity in real time.
On performance, the Volkswagen Concept Design Vision GTI fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 TSI powerplant that propels up to 503 PS and 500 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm or up to a maximum of 560 Nm between 4,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm. This force is distributed to the front and rear wheels via a dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and an all-wheel drive. Also, two three-way catalytic converters arranged close to the engine optimize emission behavior.
In order to slow down the Super GTI with corresponding power, going 300 km/h fast as mentioned above, Volkswagen uses ceramic brake discs all around. In the front, the red-painted brake callipers grip onto 380-mm discs; at the rear, the diameter is 356 mm.
Volkswagen should push the Golf Design Vision GTI or Super GTI into production within the final quarter of the year or early next year.