VW Reveals Design Vision GTI

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Widebody Golf concept packs a 500-horsepower twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive.

Yesterday Volkswagen confirmed the concept it was bringing to the GTI festival at Worthersee, but while it gave us plenty of details to digest, they were accompanied only by basic sketches. Now it has revealed the full thing, showing us what its 500-horsepower hot hatch concept looks like. While this year's concept may not be as extreme as the 2007 show car with its 650hp 6.0-liter W12 behind the seats, VW has clearly gone to great lengths to push the GTI envelope farther than any roadgoing version to date.

With a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 driving 503 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a dual-clutch transmission, the Design Vision leapfrogs the GTI past the Golf R for a 3.0-second 0-62 time and a 186-mph top speed. It's also got carbon ceramic brakes and 20-inch wheels, but the design is arguably the most dramatic part. Although the latest production GTI is still fresh on the market, this concept previews what the next version could look like, and does so in dramatic style. The front fenders, rocker panels and C pillars extend wider than the rest of the body for a muscular stance.

The interior is also a more driver-focused space, with deeply-bolstered buckets, a carbon-fiber dash angled towards the driver and grippy Alcantara covering everything. It's even got red nylon loops for door handles like a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Witness the transformation in the brief clip below.

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