As you may know already each year there is a GTI meeting at Wörthersee and each year Volkswagen brings some interesting vehicles there. For this year, the German manufacturer prepared the Design Vision GTI, an impressive GTI powered by a 3.0-liter which delivers an impressive 503 hp @ 6,300 rpm and 560 Nm of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm.
All the power is delivered to the front and rear wheels via a dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and an all-wheel drive. The Design Vision GTI can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 300 km/h or 186 mph. In order to stop in time, the vehicle features 380-mm brake discs on the front and 356 mm discs on the rear.
The brake discs are hidden behind the 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in high performance tires. The design of the new rims adopts the formal concept of the “Austin” GTI wheel.
If a standard Golf VII GTI measures 4,268 mm x 1,799 mm x 1,442 mm, the Design Vision GTI is wider and flatter: 4,253 mm x 1,870 mm x 1,385 mm. In terms of design, the new vehicle follows the traditional GTI triad of “black – white - red”. The vehicle comes in a White Club finish, while the add-on parts come in piano black.
Klaus Bischoff, Executive Director of Volkswagen Design, says they have taken the effort to ensure that all models that carry the VW logo are bound by a common design language. Bischoff says it is crucial in their plan of giving all their cars not just a universal or uniform look, but also a brand identity that always traces its path back to the Volkswagen’s legacy of excellence.
This thrust has been clearly applied to the Design Vision GTI. The Vision GTI is visually stunning, is impressively proportioned, and is guaranteed to deliver top notch performance. It is a sports car. It is a Golf GTI. It is a race car. But more than all these things, the Vision GTI is, even at first sight, unmistakably a Volkswagen.
It is this identifiable character in the Vision GTI that Bischoff visualized in all Volkswagen cars, a mark which represents a brand of elegance in design and efficiency in performance. This is the mark that Volkswagen has set for itself. This is the mark of Volkswagen that has resonated with automotive aficionados the world over.