• Aug 8th 2007 at 11:33AM
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The fabulous VW GTI W12-650 show car that was built in just 8 weeks for the 2007 Wörthersee meet is no show pony. We knew that it was a legit runner, as was seen in a video we posted of the car rehearsing its entrance on a grandiose stage setup. What we didn't know at the time was that the GTI W12, despite being a one-off machine, was constructed to really take advantage of the massive power being pumped to its rear wheels. The UK's Autocar got to drive the damned thing on a closed course, and they laid into it pretty well. To keep the car from vaporizing its rear tires, torque is limited to just 50% of max in 1st gear and 60% of max in 2nd. In third, however, it's all there, and when he drops the hammer, the Autocar correspondent sums things up in two words: "Bloody Hell!"

Note to Volkswagen: Build it. A limited run of 650 would seem perfectly appropriate. Follow the jump top watch Autocar put it through its paces, and try not to drool all over yourselves when you hear that wicked exhaust note..

[Source: Autocar via YouTube]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd buy it in a second... way cooler than an R8
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fabulous???????????????? They try to make an impression on teenagers and spoiler/tuning freaks, who would rather spend money on a useless spoiler on their 75 bhp car than on ther haircut. We would call a piece of shit rather embarrassing. Waste of time to even read an article about it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      hmm i think that thing might beat my mkiv R32...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stop complaining about reliability issues.
      The new Volkswagen don't have them anymore.
      If you can't afford the gas you can't afford a car like this, so why comment on it.
      This is a beautiful awesome car and I wish I could buy it.
      I would pay $70,000 for this car in a NY minute.
      But we can all drool over it because it will not be built.
      I agree though; put a 6cy in it with twin turbo and sell it for $50,000 all day long. Renault did it years ago and they sold a ton of them.
      Volkswagen's management don't have big ones enogh to say: let's build it in small quantity and show we can build such a car. Great Exercise Guys. What a waste of time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man the sound the car makes is awesome. Such an angry roar =)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think somone was just having some fun. Good for them. Why does it have to be realistic for everyone to stop complaining? Do you think the guy that made it felt bad that everyone would want to buy one? He was just being creative like all of you guys are with you cars. It only took him 8 weeks, not like they invested years of research into it. Sweet ride.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No, no, no...make a V8 or force-fed V6 version and sell it for less than a W12 version with hopefully a few less pounds (or offer both?!).

      VW durability may be fairly terrible, but I'd probably overlook that little problem and run out to buy one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ahhhh . . . if only money and gasoline grew on trees.
        • 8 Years Ago
        That's probably help a lot of things. Imagine, instead of cutting down trees, everyone would rush to plant them! Then again, we'd probably run into the problem of having too many forests everywhere....which would be good for cheap lumber and tree huggers, I suppose. =P
      • 8 Years Ago
      The worlds needs an affordable 12cly engine again. The Jag JKS was the last one, maybe a late 90's 750.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice license plate ... "PS 650" which actually is the same as "HP 650" in English.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Amazing Machine !
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