Volkswagen has unveiled a very special GTI, the VW Golf GTI First Decade, which after 40 years is the first ever electrified GTI. It features a 404 horsepower engine that’s mated to a 16-hp electric motor.
The gasoline engine powers the front wheels, while the electric motor powers the rear, giving the unique GTI all-wheel drive. The GTI First Decade features two batteries that give it the ability to travel short distances in full-electric mode.
The outside of the Golf GTI First Decade is painted in Atlantic Blue, but the doors and rear side panels are colored in Satin Ocean Shimmer. The exterior also features racing stripes, a honeycomb grille, rear spoiler and large 20-inch alloy wheels.
“During the creation of their dream GTI, our apprentices learn about the complexity and future challenges of automobile production. They gain further experience in the use of digital technologies, the application of system technology and electro-mobility,” says Peter Christ, Head of Automotive Technology Training in Wolfsburg. “This is why we choose our strongest talents and offer them the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors and experts from the entire company at an early stage.”
The interior of the Golf GTI First Decade features seating for two with seats that are covered in titanium black Nappa leather and Alcantara with decorative blue stitching. Decorative strips painted in Ocean Satin Shimmer surround the air outlets and the instrument cluster and the steering wheel clasp and the decorative trim strips on the sides feature the same color, with the starting number 10 in Atlantic Blue. There’s also a high-end sound system with 1,690 watts from 11 loudspeakers and a subwoofer as well as a special rear HIFI installation with LED lighting on a carbon- covered base plate.