Just days before it’s unveiling at Wörthesee, Volkswagen has given the world a glimpse at a new high performance hot hatch. The 400bhp Prius destroying beast has earned the right to wear the GTI badge were previous contenders like the GTE couldn’t quite manage to meet this legendary status. Created by a group of engineering apprentices the Golf GTI First Decade follows VW’s fascination with extreme concept cars following on from the likes of the Golf GTI W12 650.
400bhp beast powered by a 2.0 TSI 7speed DSG
This mean machine boasts a 2.0 TSI petrol engine putting out 396bhp. This power wouldn’t have been achievable from the standard setup so a upgraded turbocharger and larger intercooler were a must to earn this hybrid the GTI badge. All this power is delivered to the front wheels, so we can imagine those continental tyres won’t be lasting long. When this performance Golf is pushed hard the Brembo Ceramic High Performance Brakes help keep things in check.
Your now wandering why we haven’t mentioned what makes this a hybrid. Powering the rear wheels is a 48 volt, 12 kw electric motor. If your thinking that doesn’t sound much, your right. Delivering only 16 bhp its not going to set any records. However, it does mean it can power this hot hatch during light city driving and when parking. Meaning this high performance beast becomes a zero emissions town car.
Its not hard to see that although this GTI is a hybrid the focus here is on performance. Hidden under the bonnet is the 400bhp 2.0 TSI but outside things are clearer to see. The Atlantic Blue Metallic paint job with Matt Foil Satin Ocean Shimmer at the rear looks stunning sitting pretty on the 20inch VW alloys with a ClubSport Spoiler at the rear. Inside there is the usual VW accessories including Bucket Seats, Volkswagen Media System and Wireless Heated Windscreen.
Although Volkswagen have no intentions of putting this hybrid beast into production and at least not anytime soon. If this is an indication of anything its that manufacturers are looking at electric power beyond creating something uninspiring and economical. This clearly shows Volkswagen has intentions of integrating electricity into its models. We seriously hope that this Golf GTI makes it beyond the drawing board.
Author Matthew Pearson