Prototype GTI revealed - AWD, 503 HP

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    Prototype GTI revealed - AWD, 503 HP

    Volkswagen not to be out done by the Subaru WRX concept revealed it's own GTI working prototype.








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    With a reported 503 hp onboard and a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) the Design Vision GTI deserves its own sub-species.

    On the outside the concept instantly grabs attention thanks to its shorter, lower and stauncher presence. Compared to a regular GTI the Design Vision is 0.6 inches shorter (15.2 mm) thanks to a nipped and tucked rear bumper, lower by 2.2 inches (56 mm) and takes up an additional 2.8 inches (71 mm) horizontally thanks to reworked fore and aft haunches. But width for the sake of a broader butt is nothing without increasing the track. The concept thus increases its rear track by 2.5 inches (64 mm) and forward track by 2.2 inches (56 mm) relative to a normal GTI. And those punched out haunches come populated with specially developed 20 inch rims with 235 series rubbers up front and bigger 275 series out back.

    Stylistically, the Design Vision GTI retains the basic family formatting, but over and above that it becomes something altogether new. According to Klaus Bischoff, VW’s Head of Design, the Design Vision project allowed his team an opportunity to stretch its creative talents and present a vision of the GTI for future generations. The space out by the C-pillars has been pulled away from the car to accommodate the wider track while presenting a much more aggressive stance. This exo-skeleton technique carries from the roofline, down the C-pillars across the door sills and up the backside of the front haunches, with the actual body of the car sitting inward in a Porsche GT like fashion. This approach allowed the team to experiment with the body without having to completely rework the GTI’s core architecture.

    Up front, the inset technique is even more evident. Sharp narrowing blades help to visually merge the Design Vision’s body with the GTI’s front end. Even though the grille and inlets have been modified, the entire front end treatment gives the impression of a smaller, smirky GTI peaking out from with. The back end fares better with the swollen haunches flowing fluidly into the tweaked rear bumper. Visually the GTI's overall design finish is conceptually outstanding, presenting itself as rally- or road-racing ready right out of the box.

    This visionary GTI concept also packs a very special powerplant. Whereas regular performance GTI’s are allowed 230 hp to move about, the Design Vision GTI has been given special access to a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6. This unconventional powerplant provides the GTI with 503 hp at 6,500 rpm and 413 lb.ft (560 Nm). of torque at 4,000 rpm, which in turns allows it to hit velocities of 186 mph (300 km/h).

    In order to properly handle this power, the Design Vision GTI uses an all-wheel-drive system similar to the WR32, a specially tuned chassis and VW’s lightning quick DSG gearbox. All this adds up to a reported 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 3.9 seconds. Stopping all this conceptual power comes at the hand of carbon-ceramic discs – 15 inches front and 14 inches out back.

    The GTI’s interior is plush in contrast to the car’s sharp exterior where VW has applied what it calls a “reduced design” treatment. This minimalist approach removes any excess switches or unnecessary items so as not to distract from the driving experience. Controls for heating, hazard lights and the on-board camera have been integrated into the upper portion of the console.

    As VW sees this as a serious track device, an electric kill switch, ESP deactivator and a push-button for the fire extinguisher are placed on the steering wheel. Bits of carbon fiber are sprinkled throughout as is anthracite, Alcantara and red and black Nappa leather. And there’s no rear seat, thanks to a not very subtle X-shaped cross member put in place to stiffen the GTI’s torsional rigidity. But there are in fact tie downs for you and your spouse’s racing helmets.

    If drivers were to get the Design Vision GTI on track they’d find a helpful display to their right. This display shows drivers a track map of the circuit they are currently running, along with lap times. Driver’s can also communicate with other racers via the GTI communication system or share interior or track video through strategically placed cameras in the A-pillar.
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    But VW always makes a new crazy concept every year I don't think there has been one this wild since the W12 GTI that didn't really work but this one is looking pretty sweet wonder what the price tag will be though don't imagine it being cheap enough to compete with a loaded STi.
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    I like the 2 door hatch concept and really want to see the WRX concept go this direction as well. The future WRX doesn't need to have 500+ HP, but something that is more of race breed like the GTI concept is. If not for competition brands become out of place in a hurry. Look at Honda and how they fell from grace from the street tuner crowds. Even our beloved WRX is still using a previous generation interior while Ford and Volkswagen are moving forward with theirs. If manufacturers don't stay innovated they quickly fall out of the buying masses eyes.

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    they WOULD have the concept showing at a punk rock concert....friggin hipsters.....

    ...I'd buy it.

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    I'm sorry, perhaps I don't understand... you're asking us to choose between two prototypes that will never see a consumer dealership?
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    I doubt the real GTI will be this outrageous though. They'll probly just put the engine in the new Audi A6 or something and scrap the rest
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    I'm nonplussed with the HP on its own right. Screw the helmet storage space and move everything back until the motor is behind the front wheels. How about an all wheel drive car that doesn't understeer for once?

    How frickin' hard is that!?
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    I'd expect normal people to hang helmets from the roll bar hoop using the chin straps anyway.

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    Yes, if you could green light either car, which would you choose or neither?

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    I owned a 2004 GTi, and that is the last VW, BMW, european anything I will ever own. Easily the worst vehicle I could have ever owned.
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    You mean I can buy a VW that will blow all its electrical fuses at 186mph?!?!? Where do I sign?

    Also, this will never even remotely see a showroom floor...
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    I do like the interior. And it is a cool CONCEPT. That being said, I choose bewbs.

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    I've always prefered 2 doors, so as a concept, I like the VW a little better.
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    The next gen GTI is already developed and details released:

    2015 Volkswagen GTI [w/video] First Drive
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    My wife now wants a 4 door and I was trying to convince her to look at VW GTI with a DSG. The other car she is considering is a crossover, so a Subaru Forester XT Turbo may have to be another consideration.

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