The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition has been created by 12 VW apprentices for this year’s Wörthersee festival.
Starting with a Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance as its base, the apprentices have honed the car’s looks and provided it with a lot more oomph. Under the bonnet there’s a tuned version of the Golf R’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. With a claimed output of 279kW, it’s considerably more powerful the 169kW GTI Performance and the 206kW Golf R.
Attached to the uprated engine is a carbon fibre air box and a handmade exhaust system that features a vacuum valve that modulates the volume of the engine’s symphony. All that power is herded to ground via a dual-clutch automated transmission.
According to Volkswagen the team of eight men and four females themed the car after the company’s home city, Wolfsburg, in honour of the Golf GTI’s 40th anniversary. In this vein the Wolfsburg Edition has been fitted with the city’s skyline imprinted in its side decals and door panel inserts, while the VW badges on the alloy wheels and steering wheel have been replaced by a simplified version of the city’s coat of arms.
Accompanying the car’s hand painted exterior is a custom bodykit that includes new front and rear spoilers, sills and rear diffuser.
The key change to the car’s interior is the installation of Recaro bucket seats up front. These new pews are covered primarily in leather, although the prominent bolsters are trimmed in the GTI’s familiar tartan pattern.
Custom made high gloss black panels contrast with the bright red highlights that adorn the dashboard, steering wheel, vents, shift lever, gauges and leather stitching. A custom iPhone dock replaces the cupholders in the centre tunnel, while the vents above the central touchscreen have been ditched in favour of turbo boost and oil temperature gauges, and a stopwatch.
The sound system didn’t escape the apprentices’ attention. Overall output is now rated at 2170W and there are 11 speakers scattered throughout the cabin. In the boot there’s a large subwoofer, an amp with integrated LED lighting and a 24-inch Sony LCD TV hooked up to a PlayStation console.