There are two reasons why the launch of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabrio Austria with 333 PS (245 kW) should be celebrated. First of all, this marks the first time for Volkswagen apprentices to have created a cabriolet for the GTI Festival at the Wörthersee Lake in Austria. Secondly, this is the product of the first ever collaboration between the junior talents of Wolfsburg and Osnabrück.
The 13 apprentices of four professions made a two-seater in red-white-red, which are the host country’s national colors. It took a year for automotive mechatronics technicians, vehicle interior fitters, technical model makers and paint technicians to work together to create the vehicle, starting from the early sketches to a global debut in Kärnten, Austria.
The standard Golf GTI Cabriolet was redesigned by four women and nine men aged 17 to 23 years old to their optical and technical specifications. The 2.0 liter engine produced 333 PS / 245 kW. The white-red colour of the concept was evident on both the interior and exterior. The Cabriolet received an Oryx White mother-of-pearl effect while its sides got Flash Red stripes that bordered the bonnet left and right.
Its exterior mirrors were painted red and so were the brake callipers. It received further individualized features on its interior like the black-red-white Recaro sports seats with red “Austria” embroidering and red-white decorative trim.
There was also white GTI lettering on the doors. Red was seen on the seat belts, the honeycomb mesh and air vent frames, the accented stitching on the leather steering wheel and the DSG gearbox’s boot. Red bordering was even used on the floor mats.