Volkswagen is heading to this year’s Worthersee event with a concept race car, a 503-hp Design Vision GTI.
Based on the seventh-generation GTI, the German automaker has transformed it into a sleek race car that “could start racing tomorrow.” The design team was led by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of Volkswagen Brand, and features an aggressively wide body fitting 235-wide tires in the front and 275-wide tires in the rear. 20-inch wheels will be bolted onto the race concept, and Volkswagen claims it can reach a top speed of 186 mph.
Powered by a 3.0-liter V6, the concept car is turbocharged with direct injection and provides 413 lb-ft of torque to back up the 503 hp. All the power is sent to the wheels through a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and the automaker’s all-wheel-drive system. The Design Vision GTI can hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.
But it’s not all about speed, large 15-inch carbon-ceramic brake discs are found up front while 14-inch rotors adorn the rear. As for the dimensions, the Design Vision GTI is 0.6 inches shorter than a regular GTI and is 2.2 inches lower and 2.8 inches wider. The vehicle is finished in a White Club paint while the add-on parts were painted a contrast Piano Paint Black. The GTI insignia as well as the strip in the front has been finished in red.
As for the interior, race-inspired changes were made to give the vehicle a “pure GTI” feel, concentrating on the essentials but with style. Alcantara and Nappa leather were used in the cabin while the rear seats have been tossed out in exchange for an X-shaped cross member to strengthen the chassis.
GALLERY: Volkswagen Design Vision GTI
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