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Volkswagen GTI W12 showcar
The compact 650hp, 325 km/h beast

Volkswagen Golf GTI W12: front, driving shot.

0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, up to 325 km/h.

APN, PR,
30 May 2007.

Forget about conventions. This is GTI land, where the VW Golf GTI reigns since the early eighties, with more than 1.67 million car drivers who have already fallen under its charm.

More than an icon, the Golf GTI has become a brand in itself. A label of sportiness, anywhere across the globe.

Since 1982, its greatest fans have been celebrating it every year at the Wörthersee in the Austrian state of Kärnten. For this occasion, Volkswagen has put a Golf on wheels that is like no other: The GTI W12-650 showcar.

VW Golf GTI W12 on stand.

The C-pillars were redesigned to route air to the mid-engine.

No Golf has ever been more powerful, or wider, or faster. The GTI W12-650 gives the appearance of having come directly from the racetrack. A Golf that could be the pace car for the 24 hour race at Le Mans.

W12 cylinders, 650 PS (477 kW at 6,000 rpm), but a showcar, no more, no less. At the same time it demonstrates the enormous potential that such a car can offer, with its 6.0-litre bi-turbo engine, longitudinally mounted directly behind the driver and front passenger. This transforms the GTI into a classic mid-engine sports car.

Volkswagen Golf GTI W12: dashboard.

Leather Alcantara covers for the race car bucket seats.

A six-speed automatic transmission hammers the maximum torque of 750 Newton-meters (at 4,500 rpm) to the rear axle. It catapults the GTI to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds. The biturbo propels the compact beast to 325 km/h, outpacing most other cars and... some supercars of this world.

Under the broad 1.88 meter (production Golf: 1.76 meter) width and low 1.42 meter (production: 1.50 meter) height of its body, engineers and designers have brought together automotive technologies not seen in this combination on any other car. Each component is sourced internally.

Volkswagen Golf GTI W12: the engine.

6.0-litre bi-turbo W12, mounted behind the front seats.

The chassis components of this showcar were adapted directly from a super sports car. Mounted on the front axle are 235 tires in 19-inch format, while in the rear there are 295 tires. Due to the gigantic tire dimensions, the brightly machined “Detroit” GTI alloy wheels are “dished” in the direction of the wheel hub and are custom built; the pitch circle with the wheel nuts lies much deeper than the rim circle.

The axles were “pushed” 70 millimeters further into the body; the wheel well cutouts and gigantic wheel arches are part of the shoulder section, as in a coupe. Klaus Bischoff, Director of Volkswagen Design: “In the rear, the showcar is 80 millimeters wider on each side. However, the body of the GTI easily takes this in. We already have a strong shoulder section here on the production model. We were able to draw it outward even more distinctly, like on a sports car.”

Volkswagen Golf GTI W12: back, driving shot.

In the rear, the showcar is 80 millimeters wider on each side.

Bischoff adds: “The strongest Golf design elements are the C-pillars. But it is precisely here that we needed air ducts for engine cooling air. Therefore, the C-pillars were redesigned on short order to assume this function of routing air to the engine. In doing so, we simply made the rear windows turn inward. This created two ducts between the windows and the C pillars, on the left and right, through which air flows for engine cooling. We got the rest of the cooling air in front via the gigantic radiators and the ducts connected to them, as well as on the sides via air inlets on the side skirts.”

Volkswagen Golf GTI W12: side view with rubber burning.

Six-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive

The GTI W12-650 carries its wing internally. The roof is part of an enormous diffuser that supplies sufficient downforce to the rear axle. It consists of a carbon-fiber material and directs the air over and under the rear spoiler to achieve road grip.

The bumpers of the showcar are powerful and at the same time coherently designed. In the rear, as in the front, the GTI W12-650 is characterised by enormous air inlets and outlets. Two dual chrome-plated tailpipes frame the air outlet in the rear. At the front of the car, the eye-catching straight-line grille between the headlamps, with its red frame, is reminiscent of the first GTI.

Inside, the leather Alcantara covers for the race car bucket seats are newly designed. Three round gauges in the middle of the instrument cluster are also reminiscent of the original GTI. Details taken from car racing, on the other hand, include the transparent “flip-up switch covers” for important functions such as ESP deactivation. To prevent accidental switch activations, the transparent covers are “flipped up” with the index finger before activating the switch underneath. Another reference to car racing is the integrated fire extinguisher in place of a glove box. For weight reasons, the door trim was completely “stripped”; only screens are used, which quite intentionally offer a view of the internal workings of the door mechanisms.

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