Volkswagen unveiled at the Worthersee Tour 2012, the GTI Black Dynamic, a vehicle built by nine Vw apprentices from four professions. In just seven months, the apprentices created this awesome car powered by a 360 PS (265 kW) TSI engine. According to the official press release, the vehicle features GTI lettering in the doors and hatch with handmade characters.
The interior features sport seats upholstered in black-and-red Alcantara and leather and interior door trim with decorative red seams. At the exterior, the car features Deep Black Metallic exterior finish combined with flat anthracite film trim, a new set of black wheels as well as a new exhaust system. Thank to the engine and gearbox management, the engine delivers an extra 150 PS.
Moreover, a new eight-piston brake system was added. "We are proud of the creativity and achievement of our apprentices," declared Professor Heiko Gintz, who heads vocational training at Wolfsburg. "Volkswagen gives its best apprentices an opportunity to extend their knowledge with projects such as the GTI Black Dynamic."
Three heads are better than one – and that’s what Volkswagen Head of Group Design Walter de Silva, Head of Brand Design Klaus Bischoff, and Head of Exterior Design Marc Lichte want to prove with the new GTI. Basically, the new GTI gives great credit to the very first GTI with its consistent and very GTI design invoking both power and style, as Walter de Silva likes to put it. According to Klaus Bischoff, the new GTI evokes the same character as that of the first but with added oomph. Marc Lichte even emphasizes that unlike the usual practice, the new GTI will have no exterior add-on (the “aerodynamically important” rear spoiler is an exception).
The first generation GTI looked wider than it actually was because of its legendary red grille surround and the consistent horizontal alignment of its elements in the radiator mask and headlights – basic design concepts that were also shared by the lower-powered Golf versions. The more powerful generation V on the other hand is a different story. More than five years ago, Lichte and his team created a black, high-gloss grille in V form which was more recognizable as a GTI than the Golf versions.
All these “stylistic elements” from both versions are taken in by the new GTI. In particular, it has taken the GTI V’s honeycomb radiator screen and V-shaped engine hood which extends over the headlights while taking the clear horizontal alignment of the GTI I.
What’s new with this addition to the GTI family is its entire bumper and radiator grille as well as the design of the headlights. The outer grille is once again a flat surface and is given a high-gloss black finish with a red stripe framing it at the top and bottom. And just like how it was with the first through the third generation, a GTI signature sits prettily to the left of the Volkswagen logo.