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by Tim Beissmann

Thirteen apprentices from Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg facility and group company Sitech Sitztechnik have collaborated to produce the one-off Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine that debuted today at the Worthersee festival in Austria.

The Dark Shine concept unveiled today at the Worthersee festival in Austria started life nine months ago as a body-in-white three-door Golf GTI Performance hot-hatch.

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Hours spent under the bonnet allowed the apprentices to liberate 290kW and 487Nm from the GTI Performance’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine – representing impressive 121kW and 137Nm gains over the production model.

Major mechanical changes include a handcrafted stainless steel exhaust system with enlarged tailpipes, a carbon air box, and specially tuned intercooler and control units for the engine and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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The Dark Shine concept takes it’s name from its hand-painted two-tone exterior, which blends Daytona Grey Metallic at the front into R-yellow pearl effect at the rear.

The Dark Shine theme continues inside the cabin, where the leather upholstery of the Recaro buckets and rear bench seats match the Daytona Grey exterior, while the eye-catching yellow is splashed across the piping of the front seats, seat and steering wheel stitching, embroidered GTI badges on the headrests, and the needles and surrounds of the instrument cluster.

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A high-performance audio system completes the Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine’s enhancements. The 3500-watt system features eight speakers in the passenger compartment and three subwoofers in the boot, and can be controlled by a tablet.




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