Vw Golf VI GTI Concept announces the next generation of sporty hatchbacks

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

The new model of the Volkswagen Golf GTI is expected to do as well as its earlier generation. It definitely looks like Volkswagen has taken a step forward in this new GTI since it has used the Mark VI Golf Platform to its advantage. Compared to its other siblings based on the same platform the new GTI Concept is unique since on one side it retains the styling cues of the now older generation but on the other, lurches forward in the performance arena.

Responsible for this new design are: Walter de Silva (Director, Group Design), Klaus Bischoff (Director, Brand Design) and Marc Lichte (Director, Exterior Design). The engine plant has the same 2.0-litre four cylinder TSI engine used on the current generation, but belts out almost 10 hp more power than the previous version, developing now 210 hp.

This results into the needle caressing 60 mph (100 km/g) in mere 7.2 seconds while the top speed is limited electronically to 148 mph or 238 km/h which makes it the fastest standard production GTI yet produced. Despite this, the engine is more efficient, returning 37.6 mpg on the combined cycle while the emissions dropped to 178 g/km from 189 g/km of CO2.

An early delivery of good torque at low rpm ensures that you get the same thrill in low speed city commutes. 280 Nm of torque at low revs like 1800 rpm and even distribution across the rpm meter also gives advantage of better mileage of 100 km in just 7.5 litres. Volkswagen has been very wise to think about driver pleasure, safety and comfort compared to some other manufacturers. XDS electronic differential, new sporty suspension and DCC adaptive damping are just the indication of Volkswagen engineers wonderful insight into customer needs.

The design of the new concept includes the standard red grille surround used also at the previous version as well as new headlights featuring individual lamp pods behind a translucent cover. The side skirts of the vehicle are replaced by subtle wraparound versions that extend only partially along the lower edge while the rear apron features a new design including a stylish air diffuser framed by a pair of chrome tailpipes.

At the interior we find a flat-bottomed steering wheel finished in black leather with contrasting red stitching, a new set of contoured sports seats finished in grey tartan cloth reminiscent of the Mk I and Mk V models are joined by unique instruments and gloss black dashboard and door trim inserts framed by silver highlights. Though details of this new car have not been disclosed, some new features like brakes from Brembo and LED daytime lights will be there in the new GTI.

Also, as you see in the photos, the 18 inch 'telephone dial' alloy wheels, used also at the GTI W12-650 concept are anticipated to be there. The concept represents only a first step towards the Golf GTI, which will make its officially debut in spring 2009! No doubt a 10 bhp increase would thrill a racing enthusiast but his heart still pines for a more powerful car. More information when the concept will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, in October!

Press Release

VW Golf VI GTI Concept

In 1976 the Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk I was launched as a low volume addition to the Golf range. Thirty two years, five generations and 1.7 million sales after that car established the breed, the sixth generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI has been unveiled in concept form ahead of its public debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

The core attributes of the original VW Golf GTI - sharp dynamics, style and practicality - remain in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept. Yet the new car uses the latest advances in drivetrain and chassis technology designed to enhance rather than detract from the purity of the driving experience.

The strut-type front and multi-link rear suspension architecture from the conventional Golf are adopted in modified form on the GTI. Specially tuned springs, dampers and anti-roll bars are joined, for the first time on the GTI, by the option of Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) which comprises adjustable pneumatic dampers. With three settings ranging from 'comfort' to 'normal' and 'sport' the ACC system also remaps the steering and throttle response to give a vehicle that can strike a balance between sharp dynamics and body control and comfort while driving in urban areas or on motorways.

For the first time the new Volkswagen Golf GTI features an electronic limited slip differential (XDS) linked to a sophisticated ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) system in order to maximise traction and improve responses.

Powering the Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept is a 2.0-litre four cylinder TSI engine developing 210 PS - a gain of 10 PS over the Mk V GTI. Despite this gain the new engine is both more efficient, returning 37.6 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 178 g/km of CO2 compared to 189 g/km for the outgoing car. Installed in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept the 2.0-litre TSI engine allows the vehicle to accelerate from standstill to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 148 mph making it the fastest standard production GTI yet produced.

A team of three designers are responsible for the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept: Walter de Silva (Director, Group Design), Klaus Bischoff (Director, Brand Design) and Marc Lichte (Director, Exterior Design). The new car bears clear visual links with the original. 'We wanted a consistently clear GTI design, a car that has power, but style as well,' commented Walter de Silva.

This is apparent in the red grille surround that echoes the original, along with the horizontal grille fins and elegant yet purposeful new headlights featuring individual lamp pods behind a translucent cover. In profile the side skirts of the VW Golf Mk V that extended the length of the sill are replaced by subtle wraparound versions that extend only partially along the lower edge of the vehicle. At the rear a set of GTI smoked rear light lenses are joined by a rear diffuser channelling air from beneath the vehicle that's in turn framed by a pair of chrome tailpipes.

The distinctive 18-inch 'telephone dial' wheels from the VW Golf GTI Mk V make a reappearance, albeit in subtly evolved form on the Mk VI Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept. Finished in milled silver with gloss black inserts, the new wheels are reminiscent of those first fitted to the Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 650 Concept.

Continuing the unique modifications to the GTI over the conventional Golf is a new interior. Drawing on the all-new interior of the Mk VI Golf the GTI features a flat-bottomed steering wheel finished in black leather with contrasting red stitching. A set of contoured sports seats finished in grey tartan cloth reminiscent of the Mk I and Mk V models are joined by unique instruments and gloss black dashboard and door trim inserts framed by silver highlights.

As with all Golf models the new Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept is fitted with a high level of standard equipment including seven airbags, a CD stereo, climate control and ESP.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept is intended as a first step towards the VW Golf GTI which will start production in spring 2009.

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