8th to 11th May will see a total of 150,000 Golf GTI fans converge in the Austrian city of Reifnitz for The Festival at Wörthersee. These 4 days will see Austria welcome sassy cars and their owners for THE Golf GTI catwalk. The Volkswagen Team is looking around all day long for the loudest and most stunning GTIs. The other major discussion for the week is the Design Vision GTI concept racing car. This concept car has been especially designed by Volkswagen designers and engineers and is being showcased at the annual festival at Reifnitz which bears its name from the lakeside town where this festival is held.
Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of Volkswagen Brand said, “We put our claim to be a global player on a new basis with the DNA of our universal design idiom. A design that visualises the brand’s identity without a doubt is binding for all models that carry the VW logo. Thus each model is recognised as a true Volkswagen by its distinctive design.” That also applies to extreme sporty cars like the “Design Vision GTI.” Result: The concept car makes such a natural and obvious impression as if it could go into production tomorrow. Klaus Bischoff again: “We wanted to bring out the design elements of the GTI as concisely, dynamically and emotionally as we could so as to get to the heart of the fascination that this car emanates.”
This racing Golf GTI concept offers 370 kW / 503 PS Golf and is based on the 7th gen GTI. What debuts at Wörthersee is a Golf concept, which has been widened and comes with a 3.0 liter TSI V6 powerplant. This all wheel drive can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.9 seconds and reaches top speed of 300 kmph. The GTI concept possesses carbon ceramic brakes and sits on 20 inch wheels while Volkswagen engineers have modified dimensions to give the vehicle a race car like appeal. Exteriors of the concept Design Vision GTI sport flared rear fenders while interiors are seen minus any unnecessary knobs and switches. The color scheme true to tradition is painted black and white, with GTI insignia and strip in front in distinctive red.