German engineers are some of the most respected in the world, but it appears the crew behind the Volkswagen Golf GTI concept might not have lived up to their sterling reputation.

Volkswagen likes to promote the "power of German engineering," but they might want to rethink that after seeing these pictures of the Golf GTI concept. was snapping photos of the car, when they noticed something a little unusual - straps pulling the springs down for a lower ride height. While it's common knowledge that most concepts are more about show and less about go, it's still embarrassing when a company gets caught faking it.

On the bright side, at least the Golf didn't start smoking like the Lincoln MKZ concept at the North American International Auto Show.

Thanks to Martin for the tip!

Gallery: Volkswagen Golf GTI concept was held together by straps