• May 25, 2007
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Engine and interior shots were curiously absent last week when Volkswagen unveiled its holy-crap-I-want-one GTI W12 650 concept at the 2007 Wörthersee GTI Meeting in Austria. The interior photo shown after the jump appeared a day or two later, and this week, the automaker saw fit to release a pair of official pics of the engine in its glassed-off carbon fiber cocoon aft of the driver and passenger.

As Vader would say of this 650-horsepower Stormtrooper helmet, "Impressive. Most Impressive."

Follow the jump for the other engine shot and the interior view. In addition, we've added all the new pictures to the gallery.

[Source: VW]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      @FLR

      Except for the fact that the thing started and sounded pretty badass, believe me. I was there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Freaky. Is there any cut away drawings showing how a W12 works??

      Oh and what is wrong with hatches? Must be an American thing, as most of rest of world seems to get that a hatch is much more handy than a trunk.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VWs DSG isn't really a true auto -- no torque converter. Two wet clutches.
      • 7 Years Ago
      flying.cars,

      Mid-mounted like the Clio.
      -Alex
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is the engine in the front? Or in the middle of the car like the clio?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still don't see anything that resembles an engine, let alone a V12 engine under that hood. I just see an expansive engine cover and an expansive fan shroud.

      It looks like a ruse to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      with a w12 the rabbit will be so fast that the turtle will never saw it passing
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting how short the W12 actually is.
      Otherwise its pretty sad to see how they waste a good engine on a hatch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a little bit over the top really...but in a bad way. Like someone tried to "pimp" a Golf/Rabbit/GTI. The interior is unattractive as well. And the gages (and the lame fire extinguisher) on the top of the dash remind me of the incredibly gimmick-y Sentra SE-R.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't wait for that automatic transmission to crumble under all that power. I'm surprised to see it on a car like this. Maybe an SMG, but not a true Auto.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah, cause #1 VW engineers have no idea what they are doing and #2 No 650hp super cars dont have auto trannys right.. [/sarcasms off]
      • 7 Years Ago
      A VR6 is an approximation on an inline 6 [VW didn't want to spend the money to drastically shorten an Inline6, like Volvo's new one].
      VW took an inline6 and had the odd cylinders took a step forward and had the evens take a step back. Then the whole engine was 'scrunched' axially, the bore spacing is less than the cylinder bore because of the staggered cylinder arrangement.

      Now you take two VR6s and try to make a V12.
      http://www.autozine.org/technical_school/engine/tech_engine_packaging.htm
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should have put that engine in the TT.
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