VW Golf GTI Heartbeat-05

Another year, another student project that looks fab. Twelve trainees from Volkswagen and Sitech Sitztechnik presented their 400 PS VW Golf GTI Heartbeat Concept at this year’s annual Wörthersee meet. It sports a contrasting colour scheme, honeycomb design and heartbeat symbols as well as a sound system with 1,360 watts from seven speakers.

Inspired by the “emotion of the GTI” and the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI, the Heartbeat is based on a standard Golf GTI Performance, transformed into this in slightly less than nine months by apprentices aged between 20 and 26 training in five different vocations.

The three-door is painted in reflex silver metallic with the roof and front end covered in a contrasting dark grey foil. GTI honeycombs in red with contrasting dark and light grey provide further design accents on the bonnet, roof and wings, marking the transition from dark to light. A high-gloss bodykit and 20-inch BBS aluminium rims complete the package.

The cabin is dominated by folding bucket seats from the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S, decorated by an embroidered “40” emblem on the headrest and honeycomb perforations, repeated on the door cards. Heartbeat symbols decorate the trim strips. No rear seats, just a HIFI sound system with LED lighting and engraved glass covers.

The apprentices are training to be interior fitters, paint technicians, mechatronics technicians, a technical product designer and a process technician specialising in plastics and rubber engineering. By working on the Volkswagen Vocational Training project, they gained expertise and skill together with project manager Holger Schülke.

Nice? I prefer last year’s car.