Volkswagen Design Vision GTI Concept
People have been tuning, tweaking, and modifying the Volkswagen GTI basically since the first example rolled off the line in the late 1970s. In 1979, Hannover-based dealer Nordstadt put a widened Golf body over the chassis of a Porsche 928. Four years later, Swiss coachbuilder Sbarro turned a Golf into a mid-engined monster powered by a 330-hp Porsche 930 Turbo engine. The same year, Sbarro also put a 310-hp Porsche 928 S engine under the hood of a GTI. More recently, in 2007, Volkswagen itself outdid everyone else by turning a Golf MkV into a 650-hp, mid-engined supercar: The company stuffed a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12 and a six-speed automatic behind the driver. That surgery was performed to honor the brand’s fiercest loyalists, who convene annually at the Wörthersee GTI meeting in the Austrian province of Carinthia. This year, Wörthersee brings the Design Vision GTI.