• May 17, 2007

Click for high-res gallery of VW Golf GTI W12 650 concept
It would appear that the Audi TT clubsport was just an appetizer for the fans at the Wörthersee 2007 meet in Austria. Volkswagen has upped the ante by throwing down a stunner: the Golf GTI W12 650 concept. The ultimate GTI in every way, this car has a claimed top speed of 325 km/h -- 201 mph! -- and a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) of 3.7 seconds.

This is a pure show car, so don't go running to your VW dealer waving around a fistful of cash. He won't be able to help you. Too bad, though, as this super Golf dishes out a mammoth 650 horsepower and over 530 ft lbs of torque from the 6.0L biturbo W12 it's got mounted behind the front seats. All that juice flows through a 6-speed automatic to the rear wheels, which are shod in some seriously meaty rubber.

Lower and wider than a stock GTI, the body retains the production car's doors, hood and lights, but otherwise it's all new. A number of intakes and a redesigned C-pillar help feed air to the 12-cylinder behemoth supplying the go-power. To keep the car planted to the tarmac, VW didn't want to use a massive spoiler to generate downforce. As such, the car's carbon-fiber roof acts as a giant diffuser that funnels air under the small spoiler at its trailing edge. In summary, the whole thing is a big exercise in the awesome.

Translated press release after the jump.

UPDATE: Unveiling video embedded after the jump. Thanks to commenter slicecom!
UPDATE 2: Gallery updated with live shots and an interior photo

[Source: VW via Zer Customs]



PRESS RELEASE:
Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 650
Showtime at the Wörthersee

Leave conventions behind and let ypur passion awake - since the beginning these were the roots of the GTI idea. Until today they got more than 1.67 million drivers into their spell. Long has the Golf GTI been an icon. A mark for itself.

Since 1982 Golf GTI celebrate it annually in the Austrian Land at the Wörthersee. Thousands come.Volkswagen placed a Golf before them: the Golf GTI W12-650 showcar. This sports car is a inclination before the GTI friends at the Wörthersee, people for whom the GTI is a myth.
Stronger, broader, faster
A Golf was never stronger, broader or faster. It seems that the Golf GTI W12-650 comes directly from the racing course. A Golf that runs like the Pace Car of the 24 hours of Le Mans. Its name means: W12-Zylinder, 650 HP (477 KW with 6.000 rpm). A Showcar, not more, not less. Nevertheless it shows what enormous potential the Golf has to offer.

3.7 seconds, 325 km/h, 750 Newtonmeters
Its 6,0 Liter Biturbo engine is longitudinal and placed directly behind the driver and the front seat passenger. The Golf GTI W12-650 differentiate itself in this way from the classical central engine car. A 6-speed automatic transmission transfers 750 Newtonmeters (at 4.500 rpm) to the rear axle. It catapults the Golf GTI W12-650 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. With a maximum speed of 325 km/h the Golf GTI W12-650 leaves behind nearly all of the world's supercars.

Width 1.88 m, 235er tire in front, 295er tire in the back
Automotive engineers and designers united under Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 650
its 1.88 meters (series: 1.76 meters) spread and 1.42 meters (series: 1.50 meters) flatten body. The chassis components of the Golf GTI W12-650 were adapted directly from supersports cars. The wheels are of course made from a light alloy and because of the gigantic wheel dimensions a specialy engineered tire had to be made.

70 millimeters lower, 160 millimeters broader
The goal was clearly defined - despite the partially dramatic technical changes the study should
remain completely clear that this is a Golf GTI. Therefore as much parts as possible were taken from tha classical GTI like: the headlights, the doors, the front hood and the tail lamps. The axles were pushed 70 millimeters into the body.

The largest problem was to supply the 6-litre central engine with sufficient air and to produce sufficient drift at the rear axle without watering the silhouette of the Golf GTI W12-650. Therefore the C-columns were re-designed in such a way that they lead air to the engine. The rear side windows run inward, so that two channels develop between the disks and the C-columns on the left and on the right to drive air to the engine.
The Carbon fiber roof is a diffuser
Innovative building of the body also prevented that the lines of the Golf GTI W12-650 to get ruined by a putting on a roof wing. The study carries the wing inward. The roof is part of an enormous diffuser, which provides sufficient drift to the rear axle. It's made from carbon fiber and leads air under the normal tail spoiler.

Interior with racing ambitions
The leather is Alcantara. On the middle range of the armatures are Three rows of auxiliary instruments. Transparent "Flip UP" switch guards for central functions like the disconnectible ESP look like taken derectly from the race track.

Fire extinguishers are integrated in the place of the glove compartment to also remind us of the race. Because of weight reasons "stripped" the door linings are complete; only lattices are used, which grant a complete view of the interior mechanics of the door.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a car I would definetly not mind to drine it with a DSG transmission. If Volkswagen was really serious about the American Market they could sell this car in the US. Say 1000 copies easy at $70000 and they would all be exempt from any emmission rules. I think.
      When can I buy one. Pleassssssssssssssssss
      • 7 Years Ago
      if you want that car and you are in the us, you might never get a chance to see it or own it :p it will rarely be produced in germany, and where the heck are you going to drive a fast car like that in the us????? limited speed in here is like 132 and that car goes 201.
      BUT STILL VW IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      So i take it all the people acting surprised this car has an auto box have never heard of the Merc SLR or Bugatti Veryon? Seriously, why is anyone surprised a VW with a lot of HP is paired with an autobox?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes Sean, it's real. see the video i posted. The engine does not fit under the hood, it's rear engined.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry missed the twin turbo.

      So when does the Bentley get upped to ~600hp 500ft-lbs?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Amazing! VW GTI's rock.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hope it comes ipod ready :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was just talking about how someone needs to throw a W12 (actually I said W16) engine in the back of the GTi. Keep it in the family.
        • 4 Years Ago
        HI HOW MUCH DOES A VW GT W12-650 COST COZ A WANA BUY ONE AND I CANT GET THE PRICES ANYWERE ? THX ONE GREAT CAR SUPER THX VW
      • 7 Years Ago
      I remember a neighbor had a forst fiesta w/ the taurus sho (yamaha) engine...scary quick
      • 7 Years Ago
      they're not actually the hufs, the hufs/Detroit rims aren't that larger and aren't concave. though, i do want these instead of the 18's on my jetta now :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      #2 Brian- can you really imagine the problems of getting a car like that to pass emissions, crash regulations, reliability targets, fuel economy limits, etc.? Imagine what would happen in a crash with a twin-turbo 12-cylinder behind the driver in a hatchback with no bulkhead. There is absolutely no way this thing will ever be built.

      Awesome study in VW's technological skill, though, above and beyond the Jetta RGT and R GTI the company built for the last two SEMA shows. It's nice to see VW is putting dollars into new concepts in the sport compact segment. Still, I don't know if a one-off vehicle with a relocated engine and completely reengineered aerodynamics really "shows what enormous potential the Golf has to offer."
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front and rear end styling on this car, which could be transferred to a front engined production car are stunning. That much we can and should get. Soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the power train alone is probably a hundred grand or more.but then i'm so old i remember when VW actually sold affordable cars.great idea and a neat car...which is why it will never work.
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