Hot-rod with the lot
VW’s latest Golf GTi concept sports many new ideas, writes Paul Gover
THE crazy crew who created a midengined Golf with a W12 in the back seat have done it again. The difference is Volkswagen’s latest in-house hot-rod could easily have implications for the Golf GTi.
Volkswagen was never going to build the W12 Golf but it could easily take the tweaks from the Golf GTi Excessive and apply them to a limitededition model or a catalogue of fast parts.
They include a set of flared guards and a freeflow exhaust system, but run much deeper on both the cosmetic and driving angles.
The GTi Excessive was unveiled at the world’s biggest annual gathering of Volkswagen fans, at Worthersee in Austria.
The show was held for the first time in 1982 and draws tens of thousands of VW enthusiasts.
This time the GTi — which is about to be overtaken by the Golf R — is honed with the sort of equipment which will be easy for fans to apply to their own cars. There are firmer springs and dampers with a slightly wider track, thanks to offset wheels, a move which needs 30mm flares at each corner. Uprated 370mm front brake discs are fitted behind the 19in flowformed BBS alloys, which are fitted with 235x35 ZR19 track-style tyres. The two-litre TSI engine is left unchanged apart from a freeflow and marginally lighter exhaust system which improves power to 160kW and lifts torque to 286Nm.
Visually, the Excessive change runs to a deep front splitter and a pair of revised air dams either side of the grille. There are sill extensions in gloss black, with a new diffuser and titaniumtipped exhaust pipes on the rear below a bigger wing above the rear window.
Inside there are Excessive seats with integrated headrests, with brushed aluminium and gloss black trim highlights.
Potential: some of Excessive’s tweaks could be applied to other models.