• Mar 18, 2009
Exclusive Tuning Worldwide Mark V VW GTI "W12 650" - Click above for a gallery

At the 2007 Wörthersee show in Austria, the VAG crew brought out two concepts that had VW and Audi fanboys frothing at the mouth. The first was the Audi TT Clubsport Quattro concept and the other was the VW Golf GTI W12 650 concept. The TT roadster made the transition from concept to limited production model (between 50 and 100 are being made for the Middle East market), while the W12-powered GTI remained an engineering show-piece. Exclusive Tuning Worldwide decided that the show crowd shouldn't be left out of the fun and developed a full body kit for the Mark V GTI that apes the W12's insane exterior.

The kit consists of new side skirts, widened front and rear fenders, a reworked hatch and bumper, along with an oddly proportioned front bumper and "W12 650" badging, all used to create a close facsimile of the show car. Unfortunately, aside from a reworked suspension, the performance modifications have been kept to a minimum and there's no twin-turbocharged, Bentley-sourced W12 mounted out back. That's a bummer, but considering Clarkson's review (posted after the break), you might be better off with a hatch that's not trying to kill you.





[Source: ETW via Autoblog.nl]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen turds that came out from my ass that looks better than this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's funny is that all the VW fanboys who make fun of Japanese cars with all sorts of crap tacked to them will be tripping over each other to get a hold of this heinous kit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And funnier still that half of these kits will wind up on Golf/Rabbits rather than even the GTI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe the proper term for this would be 'reis.'

      (German for 'rice.')

      I'll pass, thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly. Would never have on on my GTI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually VAG stands for Volkswagenwerk Aktiengesellschaft (a.k.a VOLKSWAGEN AG) not VW-Audi Group

      And that kit's a joke. An innocent looking car with big power is the way to go. Not something that looks like it can eat Porsches, but would have trouble keeping up with a Mini Cooper.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Puke! More god awful aftermarket bw
      • 5 Years Ago
      While it's pretty close to the original, it just doesn't look as good for whatever reason. I guess if you want a kit with the fit and finish of the concept's you'd have to spend some major money.

      That said, I like the wide fenders but the front clip is uninspired in comparison to the rest of the kit. In fact, the front reminds me of the "base" '08+ STI (the one without the driving/fog lights).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I forgot to add that, IMO, the new STI hatch looks much better overall.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wheels and wheel wells are too small.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the YouTube video gets yanked, the full Top Gear episode is here:

      http://www.finalgear.com/shows/topgear/10/1/
      • 5 Years Ago
      On par with the faux R8 made from a TT.

      Probably sounded good on paper... crap in reality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is revolting! AND Slow!

      Typical VW....
      • 5 Years Ago
      ugly. ugly. ugly. oh and slow. but yes, ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, so they just riced it. Wow.

        Where can I get one for my Honda Civic? :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol. i've been in the W12 before, it's awesome and quick, and the flying buttress 599 esc c pillars do a lot for the look of the car, along with an actual attention to proportion. Anywho, this is crap, it's ugly, like MOST if not all aftermarket ground effects for the MkV (and the MkIV prior...).
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ superman211

        Clearly you're wrong, the Germans aren't all great. Looks to me like that's all show and no go.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's not the German way! All show no go is a Japanese and American thing.

        Germans cars are understated and powerful.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it reeks of prejudice in here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That top gear clip demonstrates one of two things, either:

      1. it shows how Jezza exagerates everything for the sake of drama,

      or,

      2. it shows how the stig is an exponentially better driver than clarkson.

      Either way, kind of a bummer
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