Here are the first official photos of the 503-hp VW Design Vision GTI concept that is debuting this week at at the Wörthersee festival
Here are the first official photos of the 503-hp VW Design Vision GTI concept that is debuting this week at at the Wörthersee festival. VW’s designers and engineers created the race car concept specifically for the event. Based on the seventh-generation GTI, the Design Vision GTI’s design team has drawn the C-pillars and sills outward as autonomous body elements, thus creating space for substantially wider front and rear tracks, as well as specially developed 20-inch wheels.
Under the hood the Design Vision GTI is powered by a 3.0L V6 engine with twin turbochargers that generates 503 horsepower and up to 413 lb-ft. of torque. All the power and torque is distributed to the wheels via a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. The concept will reach 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph.
In order to slow this super-powerful GTI, Volkswagen fitted it with large carbon-ceramic brake discs, sized 15.0 inches up front and 14.0 inches at the back. The ceramic brake discs and red-painted brake calipers peek through the spokes of the 20-inch alloy wheels, which are 8.5J wide at the front and 9.5J at the back.
Compared to the GTI, the Design Vision GTI is 0.6 inches shorter at 167.4 inches, thanks mainly to a more compact rear bumper treatment. The GTI concept is no less than 2.2 inches lower, at 54.5 inches, and it’s 2.8 inches wider (73.6 inches). The track has also increased, of course: at the rear it is now 62.2 inches (59.7 for the production GTI) and 62.8 inches at the front (versus 60.6).