Each year at the Wörthersee meeting in Austria Volkswagen brings along a couple of outrageous concept cars based on the Golf GTI as a sort of homage to the iconic hot hatch, and also a thank you to the fans for their support. This year’s concept is called the Design Vision GTI and it has 500 horsepower.
This concept is very similar in design and power to the Bentley W12-powered Golf they made a few years ago. But this one boasts a 3.0 liter turbo V6 developing 503 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque.
Channeled to all four wheels via a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, and backed by a specially tuned chassis, that power takes the GTI from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
The car also features large carbon-ceramic brake discs, sized 15.0 inches up front and 14.0 inches at the back, and 20-inch alloy wheels, which are 8.5J wide at the front and 9.5J at the back. A massive aero kit with wider front and rear tracks, large splitter and spoilers, and unique air intakes are also part of the package.
Design Vision GTI also has as very cool interior with rugged turn knobs for climate control, the hazard light switch, and the activation for the on-board camera. An electrical kill switch, a push-button for the fire extinguisher and the ESP deactivation are housed underneath. The car has three drive modes: “Street,” “Sport” and “Track”, but if that W12 model is any indication, handling is not going to so sweet.
The Golf Design Vision GTI Concept will definitely set the fans’ pants on fire. But don’t hold your breath for the production version. It’s not happening.