The Seven Student-Built GTI Concepts of Wörthersee
Starting in 2008, Volkswagen began giving some of its budding apprentices a crack at developing Golf GTI concepts for VW’s annual Wörthersee meeting in Reifnitz, Austria. The cars might not be the marque’s most daring entries – ahem, 2007’s GTI W12 and this year’s GTI Vision Gran Turismo – but each year the students produce some exceptional work. Check out the seven evolutions of Volkswagen’s student-built GTIs. 2008 – Golf GTI Performance
The apprentices made their first mark on Wörthersee in 2008 with this creation – the GTI Performance. It sports an aggressive body kit, massive wheels with low-profile rubber, a checkered flag paint scheme, and of course those outrageous scissor doors. Not bad for the first try.
2009 – Golf GTI Street
In only three months, four apprentices produced the stellar GTI Street. The concept tuned Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter FSI engine up to 301-horsepower and packed in a bespoke coilover system to keep the grunt on the ground. Stopping power came courtesy of beefy R32 brakes along with discs that featured “GTI” lettering slotted into them – great for both stopping and impressing your mates.
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2010 – Golf GTI Yellow Pearl
The youngsters took a clean approach in 2010. The GTI Yellow Pearl sported blacked-out headlights and fog lights, tinted windows, black running boards, as well as immense five-spoke wheels. There’s a splash of rubber on the wheels, somewhere.
2011 – Golf GTI Reifnitz
Named for the location of VW’s Wörthersee meeting, the GTI Reifnitz pushed the students’ engineering chops a bit further. In and out, the car’s eye catching color scheme marked the most adventurous design yet, mirrored by its bold power output. The 2.0-liter engine was boosted up to 370-horsepower thanks to an APR Stage III turbocharger.
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2012 – Golf GTI Black Dynamic
Want to make a statement? Paint it black. The GTI Black Dynamic sits on a 35mm lowered suspension, puts down 360-horsepower, and boasts 1,800-watts of sound system. Thanks to its mix of glossy and matte black paint with red trim, it’s quite the looker as well.
2013 – Golf GTI Cabrio Austria
Cabriolets aren’t for every car fan, but we suspect few would turn down this high-performer. The one-off GTI Cabrio Austria offers up 333-horsepower straight to your scalp with the top down. The cabin features a pair of Recaro racing seats and of course, the obligatory 2,250-watt stereo.
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2015 - Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition
This year’s GTI Wolfsburg Edition recalls the Golf’s birthplace and humble beginnings exactly 40 years ago. But “humble” is certainly not the word to describe this car. The proud hatchback sports a hand-painted red exterior, accented with black racing stripes and the Wolfsburg skyline detailed throughout. Inside, two Recaro bucket seats are bolted in front – absolutely necessary when you factor in the 375-horsepower turbocharged engine from a Golf R2 rally car nestled up front.
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