Volkswagen hits Gran Turismo with GTI Supersport concept [w/video]

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As impressive as are the production hot hatches that Volkswagen offers based on the Golf, the German automaker cooks up even more impressive conceptual versions. Like this latest design for Gran Turismo 6.

The GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo is like the GTI you can pick up at your local VW dealer, only more so. The design brings the VR6 back to the GTI, this time packing a (hypothetical) 503 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque, channeled to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive. In the virtual reality of GT6, that's said to be enough to propel this digital concept to 62 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 186 mph.

Naturally VW's designers gave the GTI Supersport concept the show to accompany the go, gracing the shape with more vents, more extreme aero, a wider stance on 20-inch wheels... the works. All that is said to give it a lower center of gravity and a power-to-weight ratio of 5.5 pounds per horsepower.

Of course the GTI Supersport isn't the first hot Golf concept VW has dreamt up in recent years. There was the earlier GTI Roadster concept also revealed for the Vision Gran Turismo series, the Golf R 400 concept that may yet see production, and the bonkers GTI W12 650 concept with its mid-mounted twelve-cylinder engine. This one may never see production, but at least gamers will be able to drive it remotely on PlayStation.
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Wolfsburg, 14 April 2015

Next level: Volkswagen presents new digital supercar

- GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo excites PlayStation fans
- Race car with 503 HP now available for downloading

Volkswagen is expanding its GTI fleet and sending a new supercar onto the digital race circuit. The engine roaring under the bonnet of the GTI Supersport is a 503 HP VR6 TSI coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). The design of this digital supercar combines the Volkswagen icon with sheer racing design. Following last year's roadster, another version of the GTI, with its long racing tradition, can now head for the starting line on Gran Turismo®6, exclusively on PlayStation®3.

The first impression of this racer already shows that the Supersport is what fans want and is designed for racing. 665 Nm of torque catapult the virtual GTI to 100 kilometers per hour from a standing start in only 3.6 seconds. At full throttle, the virtual racer reaches a top speed of over 300 kph. The gigantic power output is transferred to the virtual asphalt via 4MOTION all-wheel drive and 20-inch GTI advanced alloy wheels.

A glance in the rearview mirror is enough to worry competitors of the Supersport GTI: the basic shape of the body is still reminiscent of GTI ancestors but every pore of this latest GTI offspring exudes racing character. Proportions and body surfaces have been optimized for an extremely low centre of gravity and widespread use of carbon elements makes the new digital supercar a real lightweight with a power-to-weight ratio of only 2.5 kilograms per horsepower.

At the broad, powerful front end of the aerodynamically optimized body, prominent features are vertical light modules and generous air intakes with the honeycomb configuration typical of the model. While the broad shoulders at the rear provide the ideal ventilation for the brakes, the prominent roof-edge spoiler and flamboyant diffuser make the Supersport hug the track when fighting for the fastest lap time.

Volkswagen's latest digital creation can be clothed in "Reflex Silver", "Gran Turismo Red", "Lapiz Blue" or "Oryx White" and is now available to Gran Turismo 6 players for downloading.

The sixth generation of the legendary racing game available exclusively for the PlayStation has been on sale since 2013. The fleet of this bestselling series includes almost 1,200 different vehicles which can race on a total of 37 circuits.

More information and impressions under


Introducing the Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo

The Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo has been released on "Gran Turismo 6", available exclusively on PlayStation®3.A monster hatchback that brings the core concept of the "GTI" to life from a different point of view.

How to receive it

After Update 1.18 has been installed, the car can be purchased from the [Vision GT] area within the [CARS] section in "My Home" (here, you can also find the car's presentation movie). Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the car by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Event, available only for a limited time.

About the Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo

Volkswagen extends its GTI fleet for "Gran Turismo 6". Following the "GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo" designed specially for PlayStation® in 2014, the inventor of the GTI 2015 is now sending out the new "GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo" onto the virtual racetrack. The open-top roadster is now joined by a hardtop supercar.

Volkswagen has developed a new sports car for the digital world in the shape of the two-seater "GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo". The designers and engineers picked up on the legendary GTI DNA from a visual and technical standpoint. In a further development, the styling of the iconic compact sports cars was once again reinterpreted and further endowed with a 503 HP VR6 TSI engine. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox transfers the power via the 4MOTION four-wheel drive to the track. Up to 665 Nm (490.3 ft-lb) of torque delivers mighty thrust. And the handling characteristics have been tuned specifically for the "Gran Turismo" racetracks.

Despite the progressive interpretation of the GTI concept, the classic Golf design is instantly recognizable. From a conceptual viewpoint, the entire concept of the virtual GTI as outlined is geared to the physical laws of the racetrack: by intensively optimizing the proportions and body surfaces, the designers managed to achieve superlative performance – with a low center of gravity, aerodynamically honed front area and very high downforce. The targeted usage of carbon-fiber features on the body surfaces and in numerous other details reduces weight.

The body of the "Supersport" has been aerodynamically optimised through numerous features. The front-end, for instance, has been fine-tuned, with the designers placing the vertical light modules further outboard; they are connected via a spoiler element to underscore the width of the GTI and enhance its visual presence. The air flow through the body has also been enhanced with a large air inlet boosting aerodynamic performance at the front. The airstream flows past the front wheels and is practically sucked out of the wheel arches in order to cool down the brake discs. The hallmark GTI honeycomb structure adorns all the air inlet and outlet openings.

Aerodynamics and cooling are just as important in the strengthened rear section: downstream of the striking roof spoiler, a rear wing creates the necessary downforce at the rear axle. From a design point of view, the carbon-fiber structure which holds the rear wing, protrudes from the C-pillar. An aerodynamic feature on the roof ensures that the airflow to the rear wing is perfect. Furthermore, air flows through the rear wheel arches in order to optimally dissipate the thermal energy produced during braking. At the rear, the powerfully sculpted, low-set shoulder catches the eye, which extends well into the rear – as typical for this type of GTI supercar it continues behind the C-pillar and merges with the wheel vent at the lower area. The external diffuser is equally striking. The flat rear lights have been visually adapted to the extraordinary flat and dynamic proportions of the rear end.

Like the "Roadster", the "Supersport" is also fitted with 20-inch GTI alloy wheels. The multipiece GTI wheels were refined further; a star consisting of five spokes, which are finished in ultralight carbon fiber, sits proudly in the center. Between the wheels, the two classic GTI stripes can be found above the side sill – also a homage to the Golf GTI I. The same applies to the hallmark black film around the edges of the rear window, which is finished in a carbon-fiber look for the "Supersport". A helmet compartment and a racing tank have also been built into the car. The "GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo" can be configured in the four colors of "Reflex Silver", "Gran Turismo Red", "Lapiz Blue" or "Oryx White".

On the racetracks in the world of GT6, the unmistakably charismatic looks of the new "GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo" in the digital rear-view mirror are likely to make the other contenders more than a little nervous.

About Vision Gran Turismo

Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world's leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans. Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!

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