GTI Next Level and Estate GMotion headline annual meet
Volkswagen has revealed a pair of concepts at the annual Lake Worthersee meet, created by the company’s apprentices at its Wolfsburg and Zwickau bases.
The 37th annual meeting will play host to tens-of-thousands of fans, and gives Volkswagen the chance to show one-off concepts and design studies. We should also see a new production model – the 213kW Golf GTI TCR – in the coming days.
For this year’s event, two unique Golfs have been created by two teams of apprentices across 12 different vocations. Let’s have a closer look, shall we?
Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level
The Wolfsburg team decided to up the ante of the iconic hot hatch, taking a GTI Performance and boosting the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder’s power output to a massive 302kW (411PS), paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
In order to distinguish the hotter-hatch, the GTI Next Level is finished in a dual-tone paint scheme – white silver and deep black pearl.
There are also contrasting ‘foils’ shaped in forked arrows which, along with the body kit and interior strips of the alloy wheels, have been painted by hand.
Digital technologies influenced much of the GTI Next Level’s design, including the exterior livery, along with the layout of the boot – which has seen the rear seats removed and mounts installed for loudspeakers and a subwoofer.
The apprentices have also programmed special smartphone apps to operate the electric-opening cargo floor, the retractable LED monitor and the LED underfloor lighting. Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures of the luggage area to show you.
Golf Variant TGI GMotion
Meanwhile, the Zwickau team created a special Golf Alltrack, powered by compressed-natural gas (CNG).
The 1.5-litre TNG engine develops 96kW of power – rather mundane compared to the striking exterior – paired with a seven-speed DSG and all-wheel drive.
Volkswagen says the GMotion show car “shows that alternative powertrains are not only suitable for families but also for business use”.
Finished in matte and gloss colours, the Golf GMotion’s exterior features lashings of black, white and red throughout, making for a pixel-like camouflage effect.
The off-road inspired lower trims from the Alltrack specification are finished in red too, going with the theme.
Inside, the sports seats feature decorative stitching, sewn honeycomb patterns and an embroidered GMotion logo – though again, we have no images to show you.
Volkswagen’s Zwickau apprentices also installed coil-over suspension which can be lowered by up to 40mm, along with a four-piston brake system.
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