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Volkswagen’s apprentices have made a 405bhp Golf GTI
VW’s youngsters steal their employer’s thunder with wild Worthersee concepts
Volkswagen has something pretty special planned for the Worthersee show – a party for all things VW, modified, or both – which it plans to reveal tomorrow.
Beating their employer to it, though, are a bunch of Volkswagen’s apprentices. They’ve concocted the two cars you see here, and there’s every chance they’ll attract more attention than the Golf GTI TCR that VW itself has made. Oops.
First up is the slightly outrageous-sounding 405bhp Golf GTI Next Level. That power comes from the company’s usual 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine – suggesting it’s very unstressed in the 306bhp Golf R – and given this car still has a GTI badge, it’s presumably all being put through the front wheels. Yikes. A seven-speed DSG paddle shifter is fitted.
Inside, the young tykes – all aged around 20 – have ripped out the back seats and fitted some massive subwoofers, loudspeakers and a monitor. They weren’t even born when the Max Power scene was relevant, yet they appear to be channelling it beautifully.
Considerably more sensible is the Golf Estate TGI GMotion, a gas-powered estate car with a much less frantic 129bhp. Mind, it still has paint finishes nicked from Bentley and coilover suspension that drops 40mm. Yet with a newly fitted four-wheel-drive system, it apparently has some off-road ability, too. Maybe keep the suspension in its uppermost setting for that…
Lots of tech has been used in the creation of the cars, with CAD used for their design and 3D printing used for the production of the parts. Both will be on display among many hundreds of other wildly modified VWs, some with even more power and audio than the GTI Next Level, no doubt.
Which one do you prefer?