Wörthersee delivers 370 kW Golf GTI
This past week it was the Wörthersee festival in Austria, where the Volkswagen group tend to display some of their more interesting concept cars. It has been the birthplace of the W12 Golf VI, which managed to fit a 6,0-litre W12 engine behind the driver seat, and Audi’s wild little hatch, the A1 Quattro.
But this year Wörthersee has once again revealed to the world, and a large gathering of Volkswagen enthusiasts, a new and more powerful Golf VII.
The Volkswagen Design Vision GTI receives a serious amount of bodywork and styling upgrades that distinguish it from its lesser GTI sisters. The design work was done in house, and hints at what we can expect from the 40th Anniversary edition of the GTI, which is due out in 2014.
But as wild as the Design Vision’s exterior is, it is what is under the bonnet that makes this VW special.
Volkswagen has managed to squeeze a six-cylinder, 3,0-litre engine under there along with two turbochargers, which gives this GTI a staggering 370 kW and 560 Nm of torque.
That is good enough to accelerate the GTI from standstill to 100km/h in 3.9-seconds, thanks its Haldex four-wheel drive system and dual-clutch gearbox.
Volkswagen has also resurrected the VR6 engine name for this particular model, and has said that the name will be used on some of their future models, although with not quite as much power as with this engine.
The VR6 was a favourite amongst local Golf lovers, especially the Golf 3 VR6.
While the Design Vision GTI is fully operational and can even hit its claim top speed of 304km/h Volkswagen will not be converting it to a fully-fledged production model. But it is amazing what is possible when a group of engineers are given some freedom…