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Volkswagen teases new Design Vision

Design Vision GTI conceptualizes a racing version of a futuristic GTI

Published: May 9, 2013, 7:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:14 PM

Volkswagen Design Vision GTI Concept

The Wörthersee festival in Reifnitz, Austria is an annual event that has become a veritable Mecca for aficionados of the Volkswagen GTI. One of the highlights of the event has become the introduction of a new concept car by Volkswagen.

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This year's concept is a race car called the "Design Vision GTI," which is based on the production seventh-generation GTI.

With a claimed top speed of about 300 km/h, its body is pushed out at the C-pillars and sills to make room for wider front and rear tracks and 20-inch wheels. It's also lower and shorter than the production GTI, giving it an imposing and radical appearance.

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Power comes from a 503 horsepower twin-turbocharged and direct-injected TSI 3.0-litre V-6 engine that develops 369 lb-ft of torque from as low as 2000 rpm and peaks at 413 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.

That grunt is transferred to the wheels via a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, resulting in a claimed 0-to-100 km/h acceleration capability of just 3.9 seconds.

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To slow the racer down, it is fitted with massive carbon-ceramic disc bakes.

The colour scheme for the "Design Vision GTI" is traditional white, the add-on parts are black and the GTI insignia as well as the trim strip integrated in the front are red.

Inside, the "Design Vision GTI" exemplifies a "reduced design" approach, with as few switches as necessary so they can be operated intuitively even while driving hard. The steering wheel is equipped with ergonomically optimized DSG paddle shifters.

The race-car impression is reinforced by the partial use of carbon fibre on the interior and there are no rear seats, their space taken by an X-shaped cross member that further strengthens body stiffness.