Two apprentice developed high performance concept cars, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Heartbeat and the Volkswagen Golf R Variant Performance 35, have unveiled at the 2016 Worthersee meeting in Austria.
Created over a period of nine months by a team of 12 apprentices from Saxony, Germany, the two-seat Volkswagen Golf GTI Heartbeat (above) is based on the three-door Golf GTI Performance.
Under the bonnet, the Heartbeat features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine boosted to 295kW, a significant increase on the 169kW available in the donor vehicle. The GTI Heartbeat rides on 20-inch BBS alloy wheels fitted with wide tyres.
Externally, the Heartbeat is finished in a reflective silver paint, although the front end and roof are covered in a dark grey matte foil. To ease the transition between the two exterior colours, the apprentices have also kitted out the car with an eye-catching honeycomb pattern.
On the inside, the Heartbeat uses the same folding bucket seats featured in the just unveiled, record-setting Golf GTI Clubsport S. For the Heartbeat, the back rests and door inserts come fitted with a honeycomb pattern.
The rear seats have been junked in favour of a 1360-watt seven-speaker sound system replete with LED lighting and engraved glass covers.
Also making its debut at the 2016 Worthersee gathering is the Volkswagen Golf R Variant Performance 35, which was created by apprentices at Volkswagen’s Sachsen factory in Zwickau, Germany.
The Performance 35 name has a double-barrelled meaning: it references both the 35th Worthersee meeting taking place this year, as well as the engine’s 350PS (257kW) output — up 36kW on the production Golf R.
As with GTI Heartbeat, the Performance 35 has two colour body, this time transitioning from red at the front to champagne at the rear. In addition to new alloy wheels, the Worthersee show car also features two subtle hood vents.
For the interior, the apprentices have installed LED stars into the car’s ceiling, while the still functional boot has been utilised for a 2,500 watt 12-speaker sound system.