Based on the seventh-generation GTI, the “Design Vision GTI” is a concept car conceived for the Worthersee festival in Reifnitz, Austria. Led by Klaus Bischoff, the design team has drawn the C-pillars and sills outward, creating space for wider front and rear tracks, and the specially developed 20-inch wheels.
Already equipped with plenty of power, the Design Vision GTI goes further than the standard 230 horsepower, bumping it to 503 horsepower. It has a turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine with advanced fuel injection. The concept GTI develops 369 pound-feet of torque, with a max figure of 413 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, all of which is distributed by a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with an all-wheel drive system. The Design Vision GTI has a specially tuned chassis that enables it to conquer any racetrack. The concept can reach 62 mph in 3.9 seconds from a standstill.
“Our claim to be a global player is enhanced with our universal design language. A design that immediately communicates the brand’s identity is central for all models that carry the VW logo, with elements that allow each model to be recognized as a true Volkswagen by its distinctive design,” commented Bischoff in a recent interview.
The Design Vision GTI follows the traditional GTI triad of black, white, and red for its color scheme. The main color is white, with add-on parts are black, and the GTI insignia and strip integrated in the front are painted red. Inside, the concept uses a version of “reduced design,” meaning that only small changes have been made. For example, the steering wheel is equipped with ergonomically optimized DSG paddle shifters.
A number of controls have been integrated into the upper section of the center console by the designers. Three drive modes have also been added: Street, Sport, and Track. The Design Vision GTI is also a way to network with the social community. Thanks to a large display to the right of the main instrument, you can see a track map of the circuit you are running, as well as lap times. In real time, it can even communicate with other vehicles to calculate what’s going on in a race.
Update: Volkswagen has released images of the final vehicle being unveiled at the Worthersee show.