496 hp Design Vision Golf GTI to conquer demanding race tracks
Volkswagen is set to showcase its latest concept for the Golf GTI labeled as the Design Vision GTI. It will be unveiled in front of the 150,000 fans on the shores of Lake Wörthersee in Reifnitz, Austria.
The concept was based on the seventh-generation Golf GTI and features a new and extended C-pillars and side sills for a wider track and larger 20-inch wheels. A longer wheelbase and short front overhangs (4,253mm x 1,870 mm x 1,385 mm) was also made possible by the brand's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB).
The Design Vision GTI is powered by a 496 hp 3.0-liter V6 TSI engine with 560 Nm of torque that's channeled to all four wheels via a DSG gearbox. The powertrain enables the concept car to have an acceleration time from zero to a 100km/h in 3.9 seconds.
The cabin of the concept meanwhile kept it simple by keeping the number of switches minimal. A black and red color scheme with carbon and alcantara trim completes the GTI feel. An X-shaped cross member occupies the rear seat space to improve the car's overall stiffness. Two black helmets are also included and is stowed under the cross-brace.
The cabin was also equipped with an onboard camera and a large display shows the layout of the circuit being driven as well as the lap times achieved to aid the driver in tracking his driving skill's progress.