VW Design Vision GTI -01

Another year of Wörthersee, another mad Golf concept. This year, we saw a very hardcore GTI race car concept called the Volkswagen Design Vision GTI Concept wow the crowds in Austria. Here’s a fresh gallery of the flat and mad machine.

At 4,253 mm, the Design Vision GTI is 15 mm shorter than the production Mk7 GTI, thanks to a more compact rear apron. It is obviously much lower and wider too – height has been reduced by 57 mm while width is up by 71 mm. It is the ratio of height-to-width in particular that gives the Design Vision GTI its race car proportions.

Klaus Bischoff and team has drawn the C pillars and side sills outward as autonomous body elements, creating space for substantially enlarged track widths and specially developed 20-inch wheels (235 tyres in front, 275 at the back). The wheels adopt the concept of the “Austin” Mk7 GTI wheel, which in turn is a more dynamic derivative of the “Denver” GTI classic rim.

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“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,” the VW brand’s head of design said.

Under the hood is a 3.0 litre V6 TSI engine with 503 PS. The twin-turbo V6 also makes 560 Nm of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm, with 500 Nm available from 2,000 rpm. This immense force is distributed to both axles via a DSG dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive. 0-100 km/h is done in just 3.9 seconds and max speed is 300 km/h.

Inside the minimalist cockpit, the thing that stands out is the steering wheel, which houses a Ferrari manettino-style switch on the left (Street, Sport and Track modes) and the start button on the right.

Like previous mad Wörthersee specials, don’t expect this one to make production – it was designed purely to induce wet dreams among GTI fans. For the real thing, click here to read our review of the Mk7 Golf GTI.