VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS TWO GOLF CONCEPTS FOR WORTHERSEE 2018Date: 2018-05-10
Two new mind blowing concepts have been announced by Volkswagen: The New Golf GTI Next Level and Golf TGI GMOTION concepts the creation of VW apprentices for the annual Worthersee festival in southern Austria 2018.
Over here in South Africa and even other parts of the globe, we're kind of in the same frame of mind to what a car show is. You wake up stupidly early in the morning, convoy towards the location of the show, spend ages in a queue to be shown to the car park, pay to enter and see all the cars selected for Show and Shine. You have a walk around, see builds you've followed on social media or forums, you come across some cars you never knew existed and fall slightly in love. Eventually, the trophies get handed out, everyone's had a good day, you go home and rejoice on the best parts of the day you've just witnessed.
Sound familiar? See this is where Wörthersee throws all of that out of the window and throws so many different things at your face. It's a full two weeks of only the top stance and modded cars in Europe, and now many other countries, has to offer.
Volkswagen has let a group of its apprentices loose on a pair of Golfs, and their creative efforts have spawned the GTI Next Level and the TGI GMOTION. The pair of concepts are set to feature at the 37th Worthersee festival in Austria.
The Next Level takes the standard GTI’s 2.0-litre TSI engine and adds forged pistons, an uprated turbo, a beefier intercooler and upgrades to the intake and exhaust systems.
The changes result in a total output of 405bhp and 511Nm. It’s not just the engine that’s got significantly more power either –- the rear seats have been ditched for a 2,480W sound system and a huge LED TV. So it is as they say: "take practicality and throw it out the window".
The styling changes are just as extreme. A white and black colour scheme is highlighted with hand-painted chevrons along the sides, and more aggressive bumpers and side skirts are fitted. And if you think the alloy wheels look familiar, you’d be right – they’re the same 20-inch items fitted to the Audi R8.
Meanwhile, the Golf TGI GMOTION concept is based on the Golf Estate, and gains off-road-inspired tweaks. It features body cladding taken from the Golf Alltrack, custom underfloor protection, a 40mm suspension lift and a roof box. An all-wheel drive conversion is teamed up with a 129bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged unit fuelled by natural gas.
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