The VW Golf GTI is an especially potent mix of practicality and performance, but it’s never been in the same league as sports cars and supercars for obvious reasons. But it looks like that’s about to change with the VW Golf Design Vision GTI, unveiled at the Worthersee tuning festival in Reifntiz.
For all its fancy design lines you can instantly tell the concept VW is part of the Golf lineage. But make no mistake, under the bonnet is something a bit special. It has a six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine that produces a trouser-ruining 496bhp and 413lb/ft (560Nm) of torque.
This allows the Golf to hit 0 to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 186mph. To put that into perspective, the 550bhp V8 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe does the same in 4 seconds and is limited to the same top speed.
Part of that astonishing pace comes from having four-wheel drive and a plastic body. Yes, plastic. The rear seats have also been removed, saving valuable kilograms but limiting the practicality quite substantially. An LCD display instead of dials completes the unique, futuristic look.
Interestingly, the Golf GTI concept is a fully working prototype but we’re told that in its current form, its exhaust pipes become damaged after just ten minutes of driving, indicating the dual pipe system is more about form than function.
No word on the Golf Concept’s weight, but we know it shares similar proportions with the GTI production car, though it is 71mm wider, 15mm shorter and sits 57mm lower.
Before you start chanting, “take my money now”, the VW Golf Design Vision GTI is exactly what the name alludes to ─ a design vision that shows what a future performance Golf could be like. VW says it has no plans to bring the car to production. Boo.
With that said, VW has released some crazy cars in the past. VR6 anyone? Or how about the Corrado? Even if future VW Golfs look and go half as good as the concept, we’ll be happy.
VW Golf Design Vision GTI pictures