Volkswagen GTI Reifnitz – Click above for high-res image gallery

It wasn't all about cabrios at this year's GTI festival at Wörthersee, where Volkswagen also rolled out this hot GTI show car built by its own apprentices.

For the GTI Reifnitz (bearing the name of the lakeside town where the festival is held), the VW boffins borrowed a Stage III turbo kit and intercooler from APR and fitted an RSC performance exhaust. The result: a whopping 370 metric horsepower from an engine that normally produces 210. Nice work, boys.

Of course they didn't stop there. The body's been fitted with an aggressive wide-bod aero kit and a hood with twin vents, out of which the offset racing stripe protrudes and runs over the top of the red, white and blue car. The color scheme extends to the interior, which has been stripped out and fitted with a roll cage and racing buckets, all swathed in grippy Alcantara.

For the GTI faithful assembled at the Austrian lakeshore, the Reifnitz concept could very well be the hottest interpretation of the classic yet. Have a closer look in the gallery below.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Take that audio system out of there, clean some details up a little bit and put it into limited production - that would be a true 35th anniversary GTi!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Want it, hope APR sells a package for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They have. Pretty much since the 2.0T was released.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1) Make 370hp inline-four (check) 2) Make another one (presumably done) 3) Weld together inline-fours 4) Twin-turbo V8 madness
      Tippy Dobbs
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now THIS is the GTI I've been waiting for (aside from the paint...I'll just take a white one please). We've known for a long time that the 2.0T is capable of producing a lot more than the standard 210bhp. Considering how many times I've brought this up I may sound really dumb saying this, but is 370bhp overkill? I mean the car is front wheel drive, so I'd imagine that 370bhp might be too much for the front wheels to handle and cause a whole lot of understeer. Nah....more power ftw!
      Carlos Cruz
      • 4 Years Ago
      So how can I et my hands on a black one?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Metric HP? Is that like 1.6 metric HP = 1 real HP?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Metric horsepower is roughly 98.6% of mechanical horsepower.
      Jeff Is Mr Mom
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those pants hardly ever look good on anyone. Don't people own mirrors anymore?
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