VW Golf GTI concepts at Worthersee 2018

The annual Worthersee festival is a popular destination for Golf GTI fans, as every year Volkswagen showcases some interesting concept cars and performance versions of the Golf. For 2018, VW debuted two concept cars based on the Golf VII GTI (facelift) with increased power figures and various visual modifications.

Lets start with the VW Golf VII GTI Next Level concept which is a work of the company’s apprentices. The car is powered by a reworked 2.0 TSI engine producing 302 kw (411 ps) combined with a 7 speed DSG gearbox. Unfortunately Volskwagen didn’t release any more details on the specifications of the concept car that will probably stay a one-off.

Τhe “GTI Next Level” concept car is distinguished visually by the white silver metallic and deep black pearl effect colours and the unique livery of contrasting foils with forked arrows. The hand-painted forged aluminium rims, the bumper extensions and the lowered suspension makes it look a lot more aggressive than the standard GTI
At the rear we find a more prominent diffuser that houses two significantly larger tailpipes, while on the roof there is a two piece spoiler. The car is also fitted with LED underfloor lighting that can be customized by the users smartphone or tablet.
Inside the concept car only has two seats while the rest of the interior is full of audio-visual equipment (retractable LED monitor, loudspeakers and subwoofer with 3D printed upholstery). The red touches on the dashboard trim and the new steering wheel, spice up the looks of the cabin.

The second hot hatchback that debuted in Worthersee 2018 is the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Concept that will form the base of a production version, recently previewed by official sketches (link here).

Under the bonnet of the GTI TCR there is an updated version of the 2.0 liter TSI engine producing 213 kw (290 ps) at 5000-6800 rpm and 370 Nm of torque between 1600 and 4300 rpm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels as standard via a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) and a locking differential from the VW Golf VII GTI performance (facelift). The factory-set maximum speed is 250 km/h, but this can be increased to 264 km/h by opting to remove the electronic Vmax limiter. That makes the GTI TCR the fastest production version of the Golf GTI ever, although the VW Golf VII GTI Clubsport S from last year, is still the most powerful with 228 kw (310 ps) of power and 380 Nm of torque.

The optional package that removes the speed limiter, also includes a set of 19 inch wheels, 20 mm lower body with sport chassis and the Dynamic Chassis Control system (DCC).

The TCR is fitted with a redesigned front bumper that features two extra radiators for better cooling and high shine black details on the intakes and front splitter. Behind the 18 inch Belvedere forged wheels (or optional 19 inch) there are perforated brake discs with special brake calipers and pads. On the sides there are also unique honeycomb style stickers and new side sills.
At the rear, the car features an updated stainless steel exhaust system or an optional titanium exhaust by Akrapovi which is currently available only for the Golf R. There is also a newly developed roof edge spoiler that provides more downforce, and a redesigned diffuser. The new Pure Grey colour is not the only option as the TCR will be available in the GTI colours: “Pure White”, “Tornado Red”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect” and “Oryx White Pearl Effect”.
Inside, the GTI TCR has sport seats with unique microfibre/fabric covers, microfibre door inserts and gear stick cover, sporty seatbelts with red edges and leather sport steering wheel with red constrasting stitching. When opening the front doors, the TCR logo is projected on to the asphalt and the stainless steel sill panel trim features a red illuminated element. Other than those special touches, the cabin is identical to the VW Golf VII GTI (facelift), including the digital instrument cluster and the updated infotainment system.

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