VW Brazil displays Gol GT Concept at 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on November 10, 2016

Volkswagen Brazil released a GT concept based on the redesigned version of the third-generation Gol. Dubbed as the Gol GT Concept, the fact that it is for now a show car allowed VW Brazil to have some liberty on the design.

To make sure that this three-door hatchback can stand apart from the rest, the pair of headlights makes full use of LED technology. Then there are the dual exhaust tips and the faux diffuser in the rear. Helping as well is the spoiler that is made more pronounced in addition to being mounted on the roof. In terms of the body kit, the air vents are now larger and by fitting in the alloy 18-inch wheels, this concept gets a more aggressive exterior appearance. This concept car is finished in Gray Volcano and contrasting it are red accents much like those in many of Volkwagen’s GTI models.

Overall, this new offering is similar in appearance to the Polo GTI’s concept version with the exception that the sides have GT stickers on it. The glass in the rear meanwhile reminds one of the first Gol GT. The same sporty additions done to the exterior can also be seen on the interior especially with the cabin mainly in black with red accents. These can also be observed on the body-hugging seats. While the air vents have a horizontal trim like that of the first Gol GT, the flat-bottomed steering wheel has the GT logo placed on it.

Although VW Brazil has yet to reveal any technical details, it is clear that the concept version has the manual 5-speed gearbox. However, should a production version ever be in the works, there is a possibility that it will be fitted with the three-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engine. This engine is used i the base Golf and it is capable of offering output at 85 kW (115hp) with peak torque of 200 Nm (147 lb.-ft.). This can allow it to reach maximum speed of 204 km/h (127mph) with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) possible in 9.7 seconds. While the Gol is indeed lighter, and even smaller, this engine has proven to be capable of handling the GT variant. With this change, this sporty hatchback comes with a more reasonable price.

The Gol is a subcompact model manufactured by VW Brazil and was first released to the Latin American market in 1980. It served as a replacement to both the VW Brasilia and the VW Type 1 (Fusca). Since then, several versions have been made like the three-door hatchback and the five-door hatchback version. There is also the VW Voyage (a four-door sedan), VW Saveiro (two-door coupe), and the VW Parati (the three-door and five-door station wagons).

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