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When we had the Golf R32 for a week, we came to the conclusion that whilst the car was absolutely brilliant, it could have done with just a tad more power. We did stress the “tad” bit a few times, however the crazy people at Volkswagen decided if you were going to create a fast Golf, you have to do it right. So they came out with this:

The VW Golf GTI W12-650, it doesn’t matter if you modify your GTi – change the turbo, get it returned, this thing will out run a good portion of super cars. Yes the W12 stands for to V6 engines joined together – in fact its two VW 3.0-litre V6 engines joined together (with two turbos – just incase).

The engine has already seen use in the not so successful Volkswagen Phaeton. Of course in order to fit such a massive engine inside the chasis, something had to give, the back seats (who needs them anyway?).

Volkswagen Golf GT W12-650

Before you run to your nearest Volkswagen dealer, this car isn’t going into mass production, infact, its not even going into any type of production, its a one-off build to show at the Woerthersee VW/Audi modified car gathering in Austria.

Volkswagen Golf GT W12-650Volkswagen Golf GT W12-650

So just how fast does a W12 engine powerd small car go? 0-100km/hr in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 325km/hr. Not bad for a Golf! The car has 477kW (650hp) of power (6000rpm) and 750Nm of torque (4500rpm).

Lets put those figures into perspective. The lamborghini murcielago we had a few weeks ago produced 471 kW (633 bhp) of power at 8000 rpm and 660 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. The Lambo did the 0-100 in 3.4 seconds. This Golf, is on par with the Murcielago!

Volkswagen Golf GT W12-650

Unlike the Golf R32, this beast is only rear-wheel-drive (unless you have the Murcielagos drive train, not many cars can take 650hp through all four-wheels) using a VW DSG gearbox.

Given the size limitation, Volkswagen haven’t been able to change the wheel size too much (although it still looks mean as hell). The W12-650 rides on 19in alloys with widers tyres – 235mm up front and 295mm at the back.

Volkswagen Golf GT W12-650

The car looks the part with its the bodywork consisting of bespoke steel and carbonfibre. Actually the entire roof is carbonfibre (just like the new BMW M3).

“We strived to retain a classic GTi appearance, the biggest challenge was to provide the mid-mounted engine with sufficient air without upsetting the silhouette to any great degree.” VW design boss, Klaus Bischoff said.

Gaping vents in the side hint to the cars enormous potential whilst the rear windows have a very noticeable inwards slope (since there will be no passengers in the rear seats).

This car goes to show what happens when money and resources are no limitation. The W12 Golf tops our current wish list!

  • Steve

    I’ve commented in the past on how I love manufacturers that take a risk, all in the name of pushing the barrier.

    VW is no exception.

    Even if it’s just a concept. It proves it can be done. It instils the idea into other manufacturers heads and then the cars start appearing, creating yet another genre of vehicle.

    I love it.


  • http://www.alborzfallah.com alborz

    I agree, Volkswagen and Audi are one of the few manufactures that take big risks like this and bring out super cars disguised as everyday cars.

  • Lazybones

    bloody hell!

    This car actually looks like a concept. By that I mean look at this:-


    See how the early concept drawing never looks remotely like the final thing. This monster really does mean!

    Any shots of the engine bay? Does it suffer from holiday suitcase syndrome. IE you open the bonnet and can’t close it again!!!

  • 280ZX

    Damo i can see you in one of these i reckon??

  • Sam™

    crazy awesome, but how do they know it does 0-100 in 3.7 seconds when theyve never even made it?

  • http://www.alborzfallah.com alborz

    They’ve made one. The one in the pictures is not CGI its real :)

  • Damo

    Yeah, I love my hatchbacks 280. Screw the Evo, I would take one of these anyday. Just imagine dragging someone off at the lights when they mistaken it for an ordinary Golf. Would never happen though unless you take the body kit off and debadge it. Sweet as is all I can say.

  • steve

    haha, I can see it now. Understated body kits.

    Make your Golf look like… well… a Golf.

    Faux rear side windows, no spoilers, etc. The ultimate sleeper.


  • Sam™ the one eyed bogan

    me old mans vb commo could smoke that funny lookin strudel wagen

  • Damo

    For fuck sake, enough with paying out Samtm in your posts. He was a little annoying at first but he is okay but you seriously fucking suck you one eyed BAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  • Sam™

    LOL that was me damo

    just my…..alter ego, known as sam the one eyed bogan. but its true, i really do have one eye, and when i was born i punched my way out of me mums womb in typical bogan fashion.

    seriously though i really like this car, when can we expect it in dealers?

  • Damo

    LOL, I thought it was you at first but then I thought it was some guy spamming because before I discovered this site, I remembered people doing stuff like that on drive all the time (ir. Mark, Son of Mark, bogan Mark ect,). Back to the car and all, seeing how they’ve only made one I kinda shotgunned it so well yeah, back of bitch’s it’s mine!

  • phaeton

    I have emailed Alborz some Engine pics 😮

    Stay Tuned Readers 😀

  • http://worldsoffthebeatenpath.wordpress.com/ leigh keiruff

    On a certain angle, it kinda looks like a Honda Civic Hatchback… Don’t it? Although, as compared to it, this VW looks better no doubt…

  • Bavarian Missile

    Saw this on Top Gear last night,the new series! [DOWNLOADED OFF THE INTERNET] Was crazy…….didn’t handle though….way too much grunt! Great fun though!!

  • http://caradvice.com Darius

    Yea! Thats wat im talking! German makes are so sick and better than all kinds of crap that japaneese, french and all that can’t compete with germany of their designs.

  • DriftZ


    ” Lazybones says:
    May 25, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    This car actually looks like a concept. By that I mean look at this:-


    See how the early concept drawing never looks remotely like the final thing. This monster really does mean!”

    Lazybones… that link you gave with the concept suv, one, looks nothing like the W12. Two, is not even a German or European car. Three, the car looks just like a 5th Gen Golf but in supercar form. I just wanted to point out how egregiously wrong you were. I have owned a GTI and that offended me because that Nissan was a hideous piece of work!