GTI in hy­per­drive

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

VWhas un­veiled its cra­zi­est Golf GTI — well, at least since a W12 mid-en­gined con­cept six years ago.

The De­sign Vi­sion Con­cept Golf GTI — shown at the 32nd an­nual Worthersee event, a tun­ing fest for GTI trag­ics — uses a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 claim­ing 370kW/560Nm.

Send­ing that urge via a DSG gear­box and AWD gives a 0-100km/h sprint in 3.9 sec­onds on the way to 300km/h-plus, VW­claims.

Car­bon-ce­ramic brakes from sis­ter com­pany Lam­borgh­ini and 20-inch wheels help to keep it on the road.

The de­sign­ers also used the clean slate as an op­por­tu­nity to ex­per­i­ment with new in­te­rior ma­te­ri­als and in­stru­ment dis­play. Reg­u­lar in­te­rior door han­dles give way to red fab­ric straps, to save weight Porsche 911-style.

How­ever, this flight of fancy is un­likely to make it to show­rooms in any form. There is no hint a V6 may re­turn — the V6-pow­ered Golf R32 was axed in 2008.

Joshua Dowling

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