Volkswagen Design Vision GTI Teased With 503-HP

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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