Volkswagen Unveils “Design Vision GTI” Concept

With the 2013 Worthersee Volkswagen Tuning Group Festival fast approaching, Volkswagen has unveiled several teaser sketches of its “Design Vision GTI” concept, a unique one of a kind GTI (first reported here a few days back) that showcases the pinnacle of styling and performance for the brands iconic hot hatchback as well as what could be in store for future models.

The exterior styling of the “Design Vision GTI” builds upon the styling cues that made their debut on the standard GTI, but Volkswagen designers have upped the excitement factor somewhat by equipping the concept with several tuner-inspired touches, including a new wider front fascia that features new horizontal design elements as well as new headlamps that were inspired by current trends in the aftermarket community and do an excellent  job of giving the concept a distinct yet handsome face. In addition to the new front fascia, the door sills and C pillars have also been widened to further emphasize the concept’s performance oriented theme. The rear fascia continues the overall theme, and features a more prominent rear diffuser as well as mirroring the front fascia by incorporating more horizontal elements. These exterior tweaks allows the concept to not only be 2.8 inches wider and 2.2 inches lower, but it even manages to be slightly shorter (0.6 inches) than the standard GTI. Stylish 20 inch rims round out the overall package and are shod with grippy 235/35 for the front wheels, and bigger 275/30 for the rear wheels.

Performance for the “Design Vision GTI” also ups the ante somewhat versus whats currently available on the standard GTI. However unlike the 650 horsepower 6.0 liter W12 engine that shocked the world back in 2007, Volkswagen engineers have equipped this concept with a smaller – but still potent – 3.0 liter VR6 which makes a healthy 503 horsepower (just 147 fewer than the W12 did) and a stump pulling 413 lb-ft of torque. This is possible thanks to the aide of two turbochargers and the company claims that the concept only needs a swift 3.9 seconds to make the sprint to 60 mph before topping out at 186 mph. All of this raw power is transmitted to all four wheels through a DSG dual clutch automatic transmission which should do an excellent job carrying on the DSG’s reputation for delivering smooth but quick shifting behavior. While the VR6 that powers the “Design Vision GTI” will most likely not find its way into a production Golf anytime soon, the appearance of this engine could be a sign that the company is looking into the viability of this engine and whether to utilize the power plant in some of its larger offerings in the near future.

Look for the “Design Vision GTI” concept to make its official debut at the 2013 Volkswagen Tuning Group Festival in Worthersee Austria later this week with more information and detailed images of the concept being unveiled closer to the concept’s official debut. With the appearance of this concept as well as the Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept, It should be a strong showing at this years Worthersee event and hopefully some of the technologies on display at this years event will trickle there way to production.

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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