The traditional GTI meeting at Wörthersee have a special highlight this year: The world premiere of a concept car conceived by Volkswagen engineers and designers especially for the meeting. This is a visionary GTI for car racing—the “Design Vision GTI.”
An unmatched 503-hp Golf. The progressive design study is based on the seventh-generation GTI. The design team led by Klaus Bischoff (Head of Design of Volkswagen Brand) has drawn the C pillars and side sills outward as autonomous body elements, thus creating space for substantially enlarged track widths and specially developed 20-inch wheels (with 235 tires in the front, 275 tires in the rear). The “Design Vision GTI” achieves 186 mph and could easily start in a racing series!
This ‘Super GTI’ is powered by a 3.0 litre V6 engine with two turbochargers on board. Two three-way catalytic converters arranged close to the engine optimize emission behavior. The V6-TSI develops 500 Nm already in the lower engine speed range (as of 2,000 rpm) and a maximum torque 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.
With this drive concept and a specially designed sports chassis, the “Design Vision GTI” virtually eats up any type of race track. On a drag-strip, it will reach 62 mph from a standstill in an impressive 3.9 seconds.
In order to slow down the GTI, Volkswagen uses ceramic brake discs all around, sized 15.0 inches up front and 14.0 inches at the back. The ceramic brake discs and red-painted brake calipers peek through the spokes of the 20-inch alloy wheels, which are 8.5J wide at the front and 9.5J at the back.
Two things become crystal clear when seeing the “Design Vision GTI” for the first time. First: This car is a Volkswagen. Second: This car is a Golf GTI. This may sound banal but it’s exactly this visual clearness that is part of Volkswagen’s secret of success. Klaus Bischoff: “We put our claim to be a global player on a new basis with the DNA of our universal design idiom. A design that visualises the brand’s identity without a doubt is binding for all models that carry the VW logo. Thus each model is recognised as a true Volkswagen by its distinctive design.” That also applies to extreme sporty cars like the “Design Vision GTI.” Result: The concept car makes such a natural and obvious impression as if it could go into production tomorrow. Klaus Bischoff again: “We wanted to bring out the design elements of the GTI as concisely, dynamically and emotionally as we could so as to get to the heart of the fascination that this car emanates.”