Some of the best and more memorable moments in my life happened because of a Volkswagen GTI–either in the thing or because I rode in one to get to said memorable moment. Needless to say I have a soft spot for the little VW. While my first car was ’81 Volkwagen Rabbit, I was saving and making every attempt to get a sweet VW GTI. If kitted properly it could be the most irresistible piece of mobile babe-bait–or so I told myself at the time.
The folks at Wired just spotted this very different GTI posing for the camera. Volkswagen just gave the concept car treatment to their classic GTI. It’s not quite as sci-fi as the over the top Lamborghini Egoist, which VW put together as an homage to Lamborghini. The “Design Vision GTI” is a 500-hp four-wheeled monstrosity to be shown at the Worthersee show in Germany this week. VW tossed out the four-pot engine in favor of a twin-turbo V6. It can achieve 413 pound-feet of torque and his 60 in 3.9 seconds. Of course that much power necessitates an all-wheel drive system to maintain stability.
The wheel base widened for more stability as well. That’s matched with a reduced ride height and spoilers strategically positioned. The interior however does look more fitting in something like the aforementioned Egoista than a garden variety GTI. The interior is even equipped with dual displays to pipe tack intel to the driver.