To mark the annual Wörthersee Show in Austria, Volkswagen has honed the Golf GTI to create a new concept plus a limited-edition model due to go on sale in June 2010.
The aptly named GTI Excessive is developed from a series of small but effective modifications to the vehicle’s running gear to create a sharper, more focussed iteration of the Golf GTI.
This comes as a result of firmer springs and dampers and a wider track, requiring the addition of a set of wheelarch extensions each measuring 30 mm. Uprated 370 mm diameter brake discs (310 mm rear) are fitted behind new 19-inch flow-formed BBS motorsport-derived alloy wheels complete with a 35 mm offset fitted with 235/35 ZR19 track-orientated tyres.
The 2.0-litre TSI engine is left unchanged however the addition of a free-flowing and marginally lighter exhaust system raises power from 210 PS to 214 PS while torque rises from 206 to 211 lbs ft between 1,700 and 5,200 rpm.
Aesthetic changes to the GTI Excessive include the addition of a deep front splitter and a pair of revised airdams either side of the front grille. A set of sill extensions finished in gloss black are joined by a new rear diffuser framed by a set of titanium-tipped exhaust pipes and a redesigned wing mounted above the rear window. Finally a set of LED rear lights, now standard equipment on all new examples of the Golf GTI, complete the changes.
Inside the GTI Excessive a set of redesigned bucket seats with integrated headrests finished in black and red are fitted along with brushed aluminium and gloss black trim.
Volkswagen intends to offer the ‘GTI Excessive’ as an accessories pack which can be retrofitted to the MkVI Golf GTI.
The Wörthersee Show first took place in 1982 and is attended by thousands of Volkswagen enthusiasts every year. More recently Volkswagen has established a tradition of unveiling a concept car specially commissioned for the event. In 2007 the GTI W12 made its debut, in 2008 the Scirocco GT24 was unveiled and in 2009 the Polo ‘Wörthersee 09’ concept preceded the Polo GTI.
Golf GTI adidas
Starting in June, Volkswagen, GTI and adidas – will for the first time meld into a combined product as the Golf GTI adidas. The essential fact is that the GTI’s technology and styling – and its interior customised in the style of the adidas brand – are brought together to produce a real dynamic mix. Volkswagen expect the Golf GTI adidas to attain collectible status very quickly, given the past history of models such as the two Golf Pirelli GTIs (1983 and 2007) and the Golf GTI Edition 30 (2006).
Like each of these limited-edition models, the new Golf GTI adidas will also launch with wide-ranging customised exterior and interior features. They include newly designed 18-inch “Serron” alloy wheels and a specially developed sport seat design. As on the Golf R, bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights are aboard as standard equipment.