Despite being designed specially for the two-dimensional world of the new Gran Turismo PlayStation racing game, the hot-hatch-inspired supercar will debut in the flesh at next week’s Wörthersee Festival in Austria.
The Gran Turismo model borrows that car’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, though pushes out an extra 5kW and 105Nm for peak outputs of 375kW of power and 665Nm of torque – figures that humble the V12-powered Aston Martin DB9 (380kW/600Nm).
Volkswagen has not released specific performance claims, but says the GTI Roadster is “ferociously fast”.
Its seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via Volkswagen’s 4Motion system.
A front splitter, integrated rear diffuser and giant rear wing are designed to deliver racecar levels of downforce, while 20-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile rubber and 15-inch front and 14-inch rear vented disc brakes provide grip and stopping power.