Hot-rod with the lot

VW’s lat­est Golf GTi con­cept sports many new ideas, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

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.

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