503-HP Volkswagen Design Vision GTI Revs Up Worthersee


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    Volkswagen Design Vision GTI Picture

    Volkswagen Design Vision GTI. | May 08, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The 503-horsepower Volkswagen Design Vision GTI revs up the 2013 Worthersee meet with its racing ambitions.
  • The Volkswagen Design Vision GTI has a top speed of 186 mph.
  • The concept sprints from zero to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

REIFNITZ, Germany — The 503-horsepower Volkswagen Design Vision GTI revs up the 2013 Worthersee meet with its racing ambitions.

The concept gets a 273-hp boost over the conventional GTI Performance model and promises to be one of the highlights of the annual festival that has become a must-see for GTI followers.

The Design Vision GTI is intended to be more than a one-trick pony, with Volkswagen noting that the design team's brief was "to give a spectacular glance into the future of the GTI," by stuffing the concept with "extreme ideas and a lot of emotion."

The automaker is calling the car a "wild racing" concept and says Volkswagen Design Vision GTI has a top speed of 186 mph.

The concept sprints from zero to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds, courtesy of a turbocharged and direct-injection TSI 3.0-liter V6 engine.

VW designers drew the C-pillars and sills outward as autonomous body elements, creating space for substantially wider front and rear tracks, as well as specially developed 20-inch wheels. The concept gets large carbon-ceramic brakes with red-painted brake calipers.

"The Design Vision GTI looks radical, because it's shorter, wider, and lower than a regular GTI," said VW in a statement. "It's 0.6 inches shorter at 167.4 inches, thanks mainly to a more compact rear bumper treatment."

The Design Vision GTI gets White Club exterior paint, with black add-on parts adding definition. The GTI insignia as well as the strip integrated in the front are red.

The minimalist interior has been cleaned up with "as few switches as necessary," according to the automaker. They include an electrical kill switch, a push-button for the fire extinguisher and ESP deactivation.

The car has three drive modes: "Street," "Sport" and "Track."

"The designers also wanted to show how they imagine the "Design Vision GTI" could be used to network with the social community: A large display to the right of the main instrument binnacle also shows a track map of the circuit you are running, along with lap times," said VW. "This can also communicate with other vehicles on the course and calculates what's going on in a race in real time. Anybody wanting to share the on-track action can direct the cameras integrated into the A-pillar either to the track or the interior."

Edmunds says: The Volkswagen Design Vision GTI points the way to the GTI's future.

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