VW teases the GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo ahead of 2014 Worthersee Festival

Article by Christian A., on May 23, 2014

For the 2014 Worthersee Festival in Austria that begins on May 28th, Volkswagen prepared the GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo, a supercar developed for the well-known Gran Turismo videogame on PlayStation. The new GTI Roadster Vision follows the same path as the Design Vision GTI, that was introduced back in 2013, which means it uses the Golf GTI Design DNA in order to create a strong sporting statement.

The concept car is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo VR6 TSI engine that generates 503 hp and 665 Nm (491 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission that delivers the power through the permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system and offers incredibly fast shifts on the racetrack.

New concept car features an impressive design and the first look shows us a front end dominated by the big air intake, vertical LED daytime running lights and stylish headlights. The well-known red stripe that is featured on all Golf GTI models is also present.

The rear end is even more extreme as it features a big wing, thin LED taillights and a carbon fiber air diffuser.

The exterior design is completed by the 20-inch wheels wrapped in high performance tires, which hide the supercar-style vented disc brakes with a diameter of 15.0 inches up front and 14.0 inches at the back.

In addition, the GTI Roadster Vision comes in a vivid metallic red color, a modern interpretation of the classic GTI color.The interior shows two sports bucket seats but also a badass steering wheel.

Their own fantasy is the only limitation that VW designers met when designing the "GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo." Given a free hand by Volkswagen, designers ignored a number of constraints of a production model like “producibility” and selling price.

Klaus Bischoff remarked that the Vision GT project presented an opportunity to sketch out extreme ideas and design features of the GTI, all depicted as dynamically and emotionally as possible. He quipped that the unmistakable design and love for detail of the GTI Roadster reflect the high standards shared both by the “Volkswagen GTI” and the “Gran Turismo” product brands. Bischoff added that designers were able to create a vehicle that GT6 game players could employ to get a virtual impression of the world of the GTI.

The "GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo" is a revolutionized interpretation of the visual concept of the "Design Vision GTI" study unveiled at the 2013 Worthersee – developed and reinvented for the future as a roadster. While the roadster was entirely re-developed, the "Design Vision GTI" provided the antecedent, since this concept was created to provide a glimpse of the possible looks of a motorsport-bound GTI.

Succeeding the "Golf GTI W12-650" unveiled in Worthersee in 2007, the "Design Vision GTI" was marked by its C pillars and side sills flaring out from the body on a second level. Designers exteriorized these parts as independent body elements, thereby paving more room for the concept’s wider tracks and 20-inch wheels.

Despite featuring extreme tweaks, the 300-km/h "Design Vision GTI" offered a homogeneous appearance, thanks to the fact that designers went back to the basics of Volkswagen Design DNA. This same design principle was applied to the new "GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo." This two-seat convertible GTI adopted the concept of the C pillars and side sills while expressing it on a whole new level.

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