Volkswagen To Showcase Potent GTI Variant At Worthersee

Following closely on the heels of sister division Audi and its recent unveiling of the lightweight TT Ultra Quattro Concept, Volkswagen has revealed that it will be bringing a more potent version of its GTI hatchback to the annual Worthersee Volkswagen Tuning Group Festival later this month.

In a statement released to UK publication Car Magazine, VW’s Chief of Research & Development, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that the company will be bringing a more potent GTI to this years Worthersee event. However unlike the Golf GTI W12 Concept that shocked the world in 2007 with its unholy marriage of a short wheelbase and potent performance, Hackenberg was quick to point out that “It won’t have as much power as the Golf GTI W12 and that it will be more realistic.” This crucial statement could mean that a production version could be in the cards, especially if it receives positive reactions from the Worthersee faithful.

As for the concept itself, Volkswagen has not released any official details regarding this mysterious concept as of yet, but look for the car to feature slightly more horsepower than the current GTI with the model, perhaps serving as a middle ground alternative between the base GTI and the top of the line Golf R – which itself is expected to make its official debut by the end of the year (possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show). While the new model will most likely retain the base GTI’s front wheel drive layout, the company’s new E-Diff should keep torque steer to a minimum while further sharpening the car’s overall handling at the same time.

Look for this GTI derived concept to make its official debut at the 2013 Worthersee Festival later this month, with more details including official performance numbers and other information to be released closer to the concepts official debut. Stay tuned to Autosavant for the latest developments on this mysterious concept as they become available.

Author: Carl Malek

Carl Malek is Autosavant’s resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors. Carl first entered the world of automotive journalism as a freelance photographer during his freshman year of college before making the switch to automotive writing several years later. Carl developed an interest in cars at an early age, which helped him overcome the challenges of a learning disability in mathematics. In addition to writing for Autosavant community, Carl also contributes to many car forums and enjoys attending automotive events in the Metro Detroit area with his family. Carl’s message for others with learning disorders is to believe in yourself, be persistent, and face all challenges head on.

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