Volkswagen Golf Lightweight ‘Carbon GTI’ in the Works

Volkswagen Golf Lightweight ‘Carbon GTI’ in the Works
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The 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently being prepped for production, built on the German automaker’s new MQB architecture, and rumor has it that a limited production, lightweight Golf Carbon GTI will join the lineup in 2014.

The Golf will celebrate its 40th birthday in two years, so giving its enthusiasts a Carbon GTI would be a fitting gift. The model will feature a generous use of aluminum and carbon fiber, helping shave up to 440 lbs in weight and could have a total weight of less than 2,500 lbs. It would also be a fitting tribute to the original, bare-bones GTI that weighed a scant 1,785 lbs.

Powering the Carbon GTI will be the standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with 222-hp. But the lighter body will mean it’ll perform much better all around. It is believed that some of the technology being developed for the Carbon GTI will be applied to future electric and hybrid models of the Golf.

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[Source: Autocar UK]