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Click above for a hi-res gallery of the VW GTI Wörthersee '09 concept

Audi's not alone in bringing a customized production ride to the 2009 Wörthersee meet. Volkswagon's one-upping the interlocking rings by bringing two production-based concept cars: special Wörthersee '09 versions of the new VW GTI and Polo. The GTI's bodywork is finished in a dark Firespark Red color, offset with black wheels and exterior accents. The red is also used for the GTI's grille trim and to dress up the rims on its black 19-spoke alloys. Nappa leather trims the seats, with red contrast panels and white piping adding some more visual pop.

VW Polo Wirthersee '09 ConceptThe VW Polo Wörthersee '09 concept (shown at right) looks like the GTI concept's kid brother, and likely hints at the next-gen Polo GTI's appearance. Finished in Flash Red paint with black rally stripes, the Polo concept sports black 18-inch wheels with polished spokes sit at the corners, while inside, you'll find more Nappa leather appointments. Black surfaces are accented with white contrast panels and red accent stitching.

Both cars get sport exhaust systems and the obligatory commemorative doorsill plates, natch. Will the crush of fanboys rolling into the Wörthersee Tour approve of the two show cars? We'd place our bets on "yes."


Dual World Premiere at Wörthersee:

Volkswagen presents concepts of the Golf GTI and new Polo

Golf GTI "Wörthersee 09": Fire-red play-mobile with high-end interior

Polo "Wörthersee 09": First look at potential sport versions

20 May 2009 - The Golf GTI and the new Polo are Volkswagen highlights this spring. Both are launching right now, and both are successors to absolute bestsellers. Both are prime examples of affordable automotive dreams. The GTI for sure, because it is the icon among compact sports cars. And the Polo, because it is small but not meager. That is why these cars have what is possibly the biggest active fan club in the world. Once a year they meet at Wörthersee. This time Volkswagen has brought along two sensational concept cars of the new bestsellers: special "Wörthersee 09" editions of the Golf GTI and Polo.

Golf GTI "Wörthersee 09": Maxed out for fan expectations

It is fire-red and a real eyecatcher. Inside and out, the Golf GTI "Wörthersee 09" combines charming and unique visual looks with an even higher level of performance – it embodies precisely those elements that have always excited genuine GTI fans. Consider the exterior paint, for example. It shimmers in the special glowing red color "Firespark Metallic", which is repeated as a fine trim line on the high-gloss black 19-inch alloy spoke wheels and in the classic GTI stripes of the radiator grille screen. Other very distinctive body details: an entirely new smoked LED taillight design; its unmistakable graphic design from the rear adds to the Golf GTI concept car's independent character.

Full of style, the interior of the two-door GTI is inviting too. Initial eyecatchers: high-end aluminum tread plates with "GTI Wörthersee 09" signature. The next special feature: trim in brushed aluminum and glossy black painted frames around the air vents. The floor mats have red borders as well. All of this makes an exceptionally refined impression and calls attention to the sporty talent of the legendary "GTI" even more.

The newly designed sport comfort seats with their integrated head restraints are an absolute interior highlight. They excite with innovative cover materials and a fresh color composition. This includes black nappa for the outer surfaces and flash red nappa for the seat side supports, bordered by light "Berry White" leather piping. The seat center panels are made of Hexagon; one feature of this high-tech material, which is so pleasant to the touch: its exceptional breathing properties.

GTI drivers in particular know that form follows function. The "Wörthersee 09" Edition not only pleases with its tasteful style, it was also intensified technically in the direction of performance. The lowered sport chassis enables maximum curve speeds. And the acoustics is not short-changed either: the new sport exhaust system provides for an extra measure of dynamic sound. This will be music to the ears of genuine GTI fans.

When it comes to the turbo engine, the GTI "Wörthersee 09" relies on the new 2.0-liter TSI with 155 kW / 210 PS. This gives the concept car a top speed of 238 km/h and 6.9 second acceleration to 100 km/h.

Polo "Wörthersee 09": Sporty vision in red and black

In Austria, Volkswagen is already presenting a study that is based on the new Polo – the "Wörthersee 09" concept car. Visually, this study offers an initial impression of how a sport version of the new compact might look. It should be noted that it was always part of the successful model series as the Polo GT, Polo G40 or Polo GTI. From a purely technical perspective, the display piece is based on the 1.4-liter MPI version engine with 63 kW / 86 PS. Its unique aspects are to be found in the details:

Just like the Golf GTI Edition, this Polo stands out with its extroverted "Flash Red" body color. In addition, two black rally stripes command attention; they extend over the front end, the roof and back to the rear. The sporty, generously sized alloy wheels are the last detail. The black 18-inchers in "Budapest" styling are making their appearance with polished spokes; they generously fill out the wheel housings of the lowered chassis of the new bestseller – more than 13,000 orders have been received, even before its market launch. The black versus red contrast can be seen as a defining, excitement generating theme. The radiator grille screen, mirror caps, backdrop of the headlights and insert in the lower bumper known as the "buckle" all offer a dark contrast. And the sport exhaust system pleases with its optimized sound.

Premium black also characterizes the interior. It takes a path from the roofliner over the air vents – each with a high-gloss finish – the steering wheel accents and radio panel down to the very distinctive front seats. They are made of very high-end materials. Black nappa leather trims the outer surfaces and the center seat panels where they are offset by horizontal black stripes in the microfiber "San Remo". The seat's lateral supports have an arc-shaped striped design which – viewed from outside to inside – is composed of nappa leather, flash-red nappa leather piping, the white leather "Berry White" and black leather. The aluminum tread plates are also a custom feature. Similar to the Golf GTI concept car, they bear the signature "Polo Wörthersee 09". Red seams also enhance the leatherwork on the parking brake handle, gearshift grip, steering wheel and door trim.

Perfection in the details: new GTI products from Volkswagen Accessories

Volkswagen Accessories will also be astonishing visitors with attractive new products on the occasion of the GTI Meet at Wörthersee. Two innovations stand out: the "Bobsy G2-3 pro GTI-Design" child seat – covered with the original material of the GTI seats ("Jacky" pattern) – gives fans of the sports car icon the option of taking their progeny along with them in the GTI, not only safely but in genuine style. Thanks to its adjustable-width seat cushion and sleeping support, it is ideal for children between three and twelve years old (15 to 36 kilogram body weight). The seatbelt is routed snugly to the body and offers optimal protection. The special head section, lateral support panels that extend far forward and full coverage of the shoulder area guarantee a high level of comfort and safety in case of a side crash.

Also new is the GTI cell phone. The SonyEricsson T700 GTI Edition cell phone is a perfect match for the legendary model from Wolfsburg when it comes to sportiness and exclusivity. Along with the display logo and brushed aluminum surface, all menuing is styled after GTI design. There is even a special GTI sound ringtone. And the integrated 3.2 megapixel camera with 3X digital zoom is ideal for capturing the most beautiful images of the GTI-Meet at Wörthersee for eternity on its 25-MB memory card.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Luv the Polo, not as much the GTI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For some reason, at first glance that Polo looked a little like a Mustang to me. Not sure why.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's the stripes, the wheels and the darkened finishes. Honestly, I glanced at first and thought the same thing..."Mustang" as weird as that sounds.

        The white accents on the seats in interior of the Polo concept is sweet, but I'd hate worrying about keeping them white. I wear dark blue jeans a lot. Shame (for me, not for anybody else :-( ).

        That color on the GTI is gorgeous.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the stripe, they would have done a lot better had they just painted the car the same red as the gti. I love the looks of the car stock, esp the rear which feels almost 2 door A3ish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice WRX!

      oh wait.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, once the new CAFE laws take effect, this just may be in the realm of affordability for buyers formerly seeking to buy an M3 or Corvette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet those taillights on the Golf-concept are coming on the Golf R.20..

      just as the darker ones on the previous R32
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that GTI looks gorgeous in that color with those wheels. The wheels on that Polo... mmmm not so much
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a shame that the reliability of these VWs don't match their coolness. One of my nieces, a newly-minted college graduate, is buying an Eos. I couldn't steer her away from it. Despite all I read and hear about VWs, I hope she has a good experience with it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My MK5 GTI has been flawless for 2 years. They have deff stepped up the game
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ya My dad bought a brand new Eos after 3 months of pain he sold it. The VW dealership wouldn't take it back. hes 50 years old and said the Eos was the worst car he has ever bought in his life.

        After he sold it he bought a IS 350 and thinks it's the best car EVER. and so do I
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, VW isn't that bad anymore.

        I believe their last real problem year was waaay, waaay back in oh, 2006.

        Great little econocars, cute as the dickens, but buy a spare just to be safe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Got to drive a new Polo rental in South Africa. This one was a 1.6L sedan. It's absolutely tiny, a Hyundai Accent is actually more comfortable in the back with more space in the boot. Pick up was horrendous, I couldn't keep up with my cousin's 10 yr old Jetta. But it was pretty solid at 100mph.

      Personally, unless they brought it here for ridiculously cheap, I'd get the Hyundai...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like that GTI. Why am I always the only one who notices the galleries for the articles that aren't posted yet?
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