Every year at the Wörthersee VW meet, Volkswagen itself brings something special to show off. It can be something wild like the hybrid GTI it showed last year, or the W12 GTI from 2007. It can also be something production-ready, such as the VW Golf GTI TCR concept it's showing this year.
Wörthersee — the premier Volkswagen GTI meetup in the world — starts in just a few days in a small town in Austria. The event has been embraced by both Volkswagen and its fans. We usually end up seeing some pretty sweet concept cars like a Porsche-powered VW Type 2 or the bonkers mid-engine VW GTI W12. This year, we'll see the new VW Golf GTI TCR Prototype, a near-production ready hot hatch that goes into production this fall.
410-horsepower gasoline engine meets 16-horsepower electric motor.
Volkswagen's apprentices created this 389-hp GTI Dark Shine and Golf Variant Biturbo for the GTI-Treffen at Wörthersee this year, following a long line of impressive intern projects.
Volkswagen debuts its Golf GTE Sport Concept at the annual Worthersee festival in Austria. It "bridges the gap between road cars and racing sport cars" with striking design and a 396-horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Volkswagen hits its hot-hatch enthusiast festival in Austria with this enhanced GTI Clubsport concept, splitting the difference between the stock GTI and Golf R to preview an anniversary special.
Attendees at the annual Wörthersee festival in Austria are getting a preview of an upcoming, hotter version of the GTI called the Clubsport. It packs 261 horsepower, an overboost function, and a more aggressive exterior bodykit.
Audi prepares a special TT concept for this year's GTI festival at Worthersee in Austria, packing a pair of electric turbochargers to boost output up to 600 horsepower.
Škoda previews the melding of a Fabia Combi wagon with the Fabia R5 rally machine into one concept set to debut at this year's GTI festival in Worthersee, Austria.
Students at the Skoda Akademie in the Czech Republic have worked up this adorable little Fabia pickup concept for this year's GTI Treffen in Worthersee, Austria.
Every year, the Volkswagen Group gets each of its mainstream brands to put together a new concept or two to present to the gathered fans at the GTI-Treffen at Wörthersee, Austria. The Volkswagen, Škoda, Seat and Audi brands all participate (to the exclusion of Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Bentley), but the German industrial giant also gets its apprentices to take part as well. Each year a team of interns transforms the company's prototypical hot hatch – the venerable GTI &
Škoda doesn't sell nearly as many of its Citigo city cars as it does the Octavia, Rapid, Fabia, Yeti or Superb. In fact the Citigo is its second slowest seller, ahead only of the Roomster cargo van. That could be because it only sells the Citigo in Europe, or because, while its other models are more distinct from their corporate cousins, the Citigo is barely indiscernible from the Volkswagen Up! or Seat Mii (save for the badge on the nose). That hasn't stopped the Czech automaker, however
Last week, we brought you sketches of the Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo – a slick, low-cut, two-seat, open-top take on the stalwart GTI, designed specifically for Gran Turismo 6. Now, we have the official images as the car makes its debut at the annual Wörthersee festival, and man, does this thing look awesome.
This year's Wörthersee Treffen in Austria is packed with interesting concepts like Audi's 525-horsepower A3, Seat's Ibiza Cupster, the Volkswagen GTI Roadster and Skoda Yeti Xtreme, but none of them are quite right for a party, until now. VW's commercial arm is bringing the Amarok Power concept pickup to the show with a 5,000-watt, removable sound system in the bed.
The annual Wörthersee festival is much more than a land of ridiculous one-off concepts for fans of the Volkswagen Group to ogle over. Brands like Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and SEAT actually showoff some real stuff, including accessories for existing vehicles.
Volkswagen rejoined the World Rally Championship last year and immediately took both the drivers' and manufacturers' titles, and is already on track to do the same this year. But before the VW brand itself got back into rallying, that role belonged to its Czech subsidiary. Škoda won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2010, 2011 and 2012, when it also won the European Rally Championship, as well.
It's official, Volkswagen will show its very own Vision Gran Turismo concept car at the 2014 Wörthersee festival on May 28. While we knew VW's Gran Turismo 6 exclusive would be based on the lovable GTI, what we didn't know was that it'd be a GTI Roadster.
More automakers need events like the annual Wörthersee Treffen in Austria from Volkswagen Group. It offers a chance for the automotive giant's designers to go wild and create one-offs that wouldn't get made otherwise. This year Audi has its 525-horsepower A3 Clubsport Quattro for the show, and this quirky Ibiza Cupster is the creation of Seat.
It's almost late May, and you know what that means: the last of the snow has melted, the Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing, the flowers are blooming, and the performance-car faithful are descending on Wörthersee in Austria for the annual GTI-Treffen.