Volkswagen’s very talented apprentices have prepared a one-off Golf GTI as a celebration for the model’s 40th birthday.

Five women and seven men have worked on the special Golf GTI which has been engineered to be eligible for road-legal status, with VW saying it’s going to be registered for road use. Details about the new one-off have not been released, but it seems to be a three-door version with a prominent roof-mounted spoiler and a set of large alloys. It also appears to have a wider body and a very short rear end.

The one-of-a-kind Golf GTI will act as a follow up to numerous others cars modified by VW’s apprentices, with the most recent example being last year’s Golf GTI Dark Shine concept. A year before, they brought to Wörthersee a 380-hp Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition, while in 2013 they showed up at the GTI Meeting with the Golf GTI Cabrio Austria concept. Older examples that we’ve covered over the years include the 2012 Golf GTI Black Dynamic and the 2011 Golf GTI Reifnitz.

The latest special unique Golf GTI won’t actually be the star of the 35th Wörthersee event. That’s because the main highlight of the event will be the official introduction of the most powerful, full-production Golf ever, the GTI Clubsport S. It’s going to have 310 horsepower (228 kilowatts) while keeping the front-wheel-drive layout you’d expect from a GTI. Availability is going to be limited taking into account VW says the plan is to make only 5,000 units.

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Volkswagen apprentices take home-made surprise to 40th birthday party of Golf GTI

  • Young talents build a Golf GTI that is the only one of its kind
  • World premiere on May 4 at Wörthersee meeting

The hearts of 12 Volkswagen apprentices are now beating faster in anticipation of the Golf GTI's 40th birthday party. The five women and seven men have already prepared their birthday surprise for the meeting on the banks of the Wörthersee in Austria (May 4 to 7, 2016): a Golf GTI that will be the only one of its kind!

The unique GTI, registered for road use, is to be unveiled next Wednesday (May 4, 2016) on the stage at Maria Wörth in the Austrian state of Carinthia – before an audience of tens of thousands of GTI fans from around the world.

"The Golf GTI is more than just a car. It is way of life and makes peoples' hearts beat faster," says Jonas Rohrbeck (22), future automotive mechatronics technician and spokesperson of the "Wörthersee GTI 2016" team. The apprentices from Volkswagen and Sitech Sitztechnik have transformed a standard Golf GTI Performance* into a unique Golf GTI in line with their own ideas, with considerable creativity, skill and knowledge. They are training to be automotive mechatronics technicians, a process technician specializing in plastics and rubber engineering, a technical product designer, vehicle interior fitters and vehicle paint technicians.

"Our apprentices were inspired by the GTI emotion and the 40th anniversary of the Golf GTI," project manager Holger Schülke emphasizes. The "Wörthersee GTI 2016" was created in slightly less than nine months at the Automotive Technology Training team and is the ninth GTI Project vehicle of Volkswagen Vocational Training to be presented by apprentices at the Wörthersee meeting (since 2008). The team received support from instructors and other experts from the company, for example from the design departments, the paint shop, the pilot hall and the MultiMediaCenter.

"We took a look at previous Wörthersee GTIs– they are all really fantastic cars," says Rohrbeck appreciatively. "I am looking forward to the atmosphere on the lake, the GTI fans and to the reception of our GTI." Schülke, who has worked with Wörthersee GTI teams for four years, says: "Every Wörthersee GTI is a unique vehicle and every GTI meeting is a premiere. I am proud of our apprentices, their commitment and their skill – once again, the Wörthersee GTI 2016 is a very special GTI."

The members of the Wörthersee Team 2060 by training vocations:

Automotive mechatronics technicians: Jonas Rohrbeck (22, team spokesperson), Nils Burgstedt (21), David Rodenberg (21) and Tobias Weber (21). Process technician specializing in plastics and rubber engineering: Lisa Brandes (21).Technical product designer: Sandrine Reißig (22). Vehicle interior fitters: Mona Bök (20) and Jacqueline Budich (21, both Volkswagen); Jennifer Hase (21) and Tim Schneider (20, both Sitech). Vehicle paint technicians: Marc Hoffmann (21) and Osema Zouari (26).

Sitech Sitztechnik is a Volkswagen Group company specializing in the development and production of vehicle seats.
The Wörthersee GTIs 2008 – 2015 and their highlights (selection):

2008: Golf GTI Performance: gull-wing doors, wide body, three-seater, air suspension

2009: Golf GTI Street: two-tone color scheme with decorative foil, matching interior

2010: Golf GTI Yellow Pearl: exclusive paintwork with matching interior

2011: Golf GTI Reifnitz: two-seater, multicolor paintwork with seamless transitions, aluminum gear shift knob

2012: Golf GTI Black Dynamic: decorative foil, embossed GTI logos on doors and tailgate

2013: Golf GTI Cabrio Austria: red, white and red paintwork, air outlets with honeycomb pattern

2014: Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: Wolfsburg silhouettes on doors, inside and outside

2015: Golf GTI Dark Shine: exhaust system with spectacular sound and valve control