After making its debut at the Germany’s Wörthersee festival, the Volkswagen Design Vision GTI has is being showcased at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car was designed by a team led by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of Volkswagen Brand. In comparison to the standard model, this Mark 7 GTI based concept features outward-drew C-pillars and sills, thus creating more room for wider front and rear tracks. It also equips specially developed 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235 tires out front and 275 tires at the rear.
The standard GTI has plenty of horsepower, especially the European Performance model which develops up to 230 hp, the Design Vision GTI is the pinnacle of the range with close to 503 hp produced at 6500 rpm. Unlike the regular GTI which is powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine with a single turbo, the concept is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine using twin turbochargers. The V6 TSI engine puts out 369 pound-feet of torque from as low as 2000 rpm, and going up to 413 lb-ft at 4000 rpm.
The power produced by the engine is transmitted via a DSG dual-clutch automatic unit to the all-wheel drive system. With such a complete configuration the Design Vision GTI is capable of performing on any race track and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an impressive 3.9 seconds. To stop such a powerful GTI, Volkswagen has installed 15 inch carbon-ceramic brake discs at the front and 14 inch at the back. The calipers are painted in red and completed the huge discs.
Talking about the exterior of the car Klaus Bischoff said, “Our claim to be a global player is enhanced with our universal design language. A design that immediately communicates the brand’s identity is central for all models that carry the VW logo, with elements that allow each model to be recognized as a true Volkswagen by its distinctive design.”
The exterior looks spectacular with plenty of beautifully carved design elements. The radiator grille, the bottom air intake, the brake cooling vents, the headlights and the front fenders and the hood, all give a brilliant appeal to this car. The interior is a radical version of “reduced design”, meaning there are only as much switches as an involved driver would need and Volkswagen has removed the unnecessary ones. The steering features DSG paddle shifters, drive mode selector, and a start/stop switch. Other highlights include climate control system, hazard lights, an on-board camera, an electrical kill switch, a fire suppression system, and ESP. The car features three drive modes – Street, Sport, and Track.
Volkswagen has also used carbon fiber combined with Anthracite and Titan Black Alcantara as well as Black and Flash Red Nappa leather on the inside.