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Published on May 22nd, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Volkswagen At The 31st GTI Meeting in Worthersee, Austria

Volkswagen recently pulled the wraps off its latest creation, the Golf GTI Concept White, at the 31st GTI Meeting in Worthersee, Austria. The Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept White comes with a special Oryx White matt paintwork, which was contrasted by a red and black interior trim. The company’s engineers and designers didn’t leave the cabin stock as it comes with the obvious GTI logos, red stitching on the handbrake lever, door armrests and steering wheels, along with a honeycomb pattern in White Matt and Aluminum finish.

VW did not say anything about the engine under the hood of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Concept White and for now the vehicle’s performance and fuel consumption remain a mystery. The Volkswagen GTI Concept White will remain a simple concept car and no features will be adopted into a production version because VW is getting ready for the new generation of the popular hatchback, the seventh generation (Mk7) GTI.

VW also showed some other interesting cars at this year’s show. Just months from its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show the Golf cabriolet is highly dynamic soft top with 155 kW / 210 PS fitted for the first time in the Cabriolet. It is available with two engine/gearbox versions: as a manual gearbox or with the fast-changing dual-clutch gearbox (DSG), each with 6 speeds. A standard feature for all customers who get to indulge in the sporty driving performance of the Golf GTI Cabriolet is the XDS electronic differential lock on the front axle, which ensures perfect traction, enhanced agility and the utmost driving stability. To complete the picture, this hot hatch is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels of the type ‘Denver’ (18-inch wheels of the type ‘Detroit’ are optionally available) in addition to a new diffuser with chrome tailpipes.

Another v ariant of the Polo was shown where from motor racing to the street is the motto of this Polo WRC Street concept car which is due to be launched in late 2013. With its unique and distinctive design, this model cuts an impressive figure with its rear spoiler, diffuser, sports suspension and an inscription with R-WRC logos. A powerful 162 kW/220 PS 2.0 litre TSI produces motorsport-like performance.

With the Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport is presenting a road-going prototype for the FIA World Rally Championship. The “hottest Polo ever”, as it was called by Volkswagen Head of Development Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg even at its first official showing and this car will be starting its tour around the globe from 2013 at numerous WRC races. At the heart of this racing version beats a 1.6 l TSI engine with approx. 220 kW / 300 PS power output, which ensures impressive acceleration from naught to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.

The GTI Black Dynamic. With its ‘Black as the night’ look and lowered sports suspension, the ‘GTI Black Dynamic’ made an appearance at Wörthersee. Since October last year, nine Volkswagen apprentices, four young women and five young men have been working on their ‘Apprentice Golf GTI 2012’.

Their objective: vehicle concept design, styling, engine version and numerous details are meant to convey their interpretation of a classic sports car. Elegant and simple but with numerous stylish details, the ‘Black Dynamic’ is a real head-turner. It also features a 1,800 Watt sound system with nine loudspeakers, which takes up the entire boot space. This year’s ‘Golf GTI Black Dynamic’ is the fifth vehicle project to make its debut amongst the petrol heads in Austria.

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