With the Wörthersee gathering just around the corner, the Volkswagen Group is rolling out previews of all sorts of awesome concepts. Today, the German automaker is previewing a concept version of its GTI — dubbed the GTI Performance — that a group of 13 young apprentices developed for the show.

With the Wörthersee event not due to open its gates until May 14th, VW is only giving us a quick glimpse of the hatchback and its distinctive black-and-yellow paint. This leaves us with just a little taste of what these young folks have to offer, but it also leaves us wondering what else they have in store for us.

Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out how deep VW let these kids dive into the GTI.

Continue reading my preview of the GTI Performance concept to see what I think these apprentices will offer VW enthusiasts at Wörthersee.

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Concept
  • Year:
    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    5.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
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Exterior

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The details surrounding this one-of version of the GTI remain a secret, but VW did let us in on the color scheme. The team of young car buffs took a body-in-white GTI and added a black-and-yellow paint scheme.

Black dominates the front end of the car, but there are splashes of yellow in the headlights, the mirrors, on the doors, on the rims, and the brake calipers. About three-quarters of the way back, the yellow hue takes control, leaving only small hints of black on the rear spoiler, the rear fender, and on the spokes of the rims.

This is an unusual-looking paintjob, but the rest of the car’s body is essentially bone stock. So, for those who like the classy looks of the GTI, this is certainly not overly offensive.

Interior

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI Emblems and Logo Interior
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Note: regular Volkswagen Golf GTI interior shown.
The cabin isn’t shown in any of the included images, but VW does talk about how its young apprentices took time customizing the interior too. VW makes special mention of the seats, but doesn’t give any details. I assume that these will be sport seats with plenty of black and yellow to match the exterior. VW also mentions that the team put together a special audio system for the GTI.

I can only assume that the rest of the interior will undergo the same black-and-yellow treatment, but we’ll have to wait until the car’s debut Wörthersee on May 14th.

Drivetrain

The drivetrain is another area that remains unknown at this time. The standard VW GTI carries a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This powerful four-pot mates to a six-speed manual gearbox that delivers power to the front wheels. The GTI is also available with the quick-shifting DSG dual-clutch transmission with launch control.

Buyers may also extract an extra 10 horses from the 2.0-liter engine by way of the optional Performance Package.

The exact output of this Golf GTI Performance remains unknown, but VW does make mention that its team of youngsters did a little surgery on the powerplant. We may be looking at around 250 horsepower or so, when it’s all said and done.

Prices

Given this is just a concept car, there won’t be any pricing details available.

Competition

2015 Ford Focus ST

2015 Ford Focus ST High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Since its arrival in 2013, the Focus ST has been a thorn in the side of the GTI. With 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, he ST has the power to make buyers think twice, though it is about a half-second slower to 60 mph than the four-door GTI. This is likely due to gearing and the extra 150 or so pounds of heft the Focus hauls around.

Read our full review here.

Mini Cooper S

2014 Mini Cooper High Resolution Exterior
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Now available in either two- or four-door, the Mini Cooper S is in its best position ever to compete with the GTI. Sure, it may not have the brand notoriety as the VW and it’s a bit smaller, but it does come close in terms of performance and price. With its 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that pumps out 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, the two-door model can hit 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds and top out at 146 mph. Things are a bit slower in the four-door model, with 60 mph coming in 6.6 seconds and terminal velocity of 145 mph.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

It’s great to see a bunch of young automotive enthusiasts getting together and making a car for a high-profile show like Wörthersee. It gives them the opportunity to try out new things, see what works and what doesn’t, and to receive constructive criticism from their peers. You never know, this concept could receive rave reviews, and suddenly spawn a production model, which would certainly give all of these young gearheads a great start to their careers.

  • Leave it
    • Some people find the GTI’s looks a little boring
    • A tad underpowered for its class
    • Not everyone cares for the plaid seating

Press Release

Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance one-off teased ahead of Worthersee debut
13 apprentices develop unique GTI show car from a body in white
World premiere at 34th Wörthersee GTI meeting

"Der See ruft ..." (the lake is calling) is painted in yellow on the wing mirrors of the unique Golf GTI Performance*. Samuel Pili (21), apprentice automotive mechatronics technician with Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, has contributed to it. Samuel is part of the "Wörthersee GTI 2015" team headed by project manager Holger Schülke. The four young women and nine men are training in technical vocations with Volkswagen and group company Sitech Sitztechnik. The 17 to 25-year-olds were selected as team members on the basis of their outstanding performance. The official program was completed by a presentation to members of the Board of Management and the 13 young people can now continue with the voluntary part of their program by presenting their Golf GTI on Thursday, May 14 2015, at the Wörthersee meeting.

Taking a body in white, they developed and built a unique GTI in line with the taste of young people on the basis of their own ideas, demonstrating considerable creativity, skill and knowledge. The team members are training as vehicle interior fitters (4), vehicle paint technicians (2), automotive mechatronics technicians (4), media designers (1) and process technicians specializing in plastics and rubber engineering (2).

The budding specialists have covered up their car for shipment to Austria. They are now packing boxes with the care and cleaning materials required, information and presentation literature and spare parts, tools and cable drums for an external power supply (a high-power sound system in continuous operation is a must for the Wörthersee meeting).

The team is looking forward to presenting details of the optical and technical refinements of the suspension, engine, interior, seats and sound system at Lake Wörthersee. Project manager Holger Schülke and his young colleagues find the show car absolutely convincing: at the 34th Wörthersee GTI meeting (May 13 to 16, 2015), the apprentices’ dream GTI will make its debut before an audience of tens of thousands of car enthusiasts.

"The apprentices opted for an innovative color scheme and realized it with considerable skill and precision – both on the exterior and in the interior of the vehicle," Schülke says. Most of the attachments were hand-crafted and painted, including the complete body kit. "In the case of attachments like sills and spoilers, absolute precision and fully matching colors are essential. Everything must harmonize with the body. Our budding specialists solved all these problems highly effectively – by working very accurately," the project manager emphasizes.

The apprentices performed work like this themselves. They also inspected the components in stock, held discussions with experts within the company in fields such as design, plastic parts production and special painting and talked to specialist suppliers. In addition to conceptual design and work on the car, co-operation with other company departments is a key feature of this special vehicle project of Volkswagen’s vocational training at the Wolfsburg plant.

The members of the Wörthersee Team 2015 by training vocations:
Vehicle interior fitters: Alexander Giesbrecht (25), Kay-Vivian Erhardt (17) – both Volkswagen, Alexander Roser (19) and Jana Peil (20) – both Sitech Sitztechnik. Vehicle paint technicians: Celine Raditsch (20), Darius Pesel (19). Automotive mechatronics technicians: André Haase (23), Samuel Pili (21), Jan Quiring (19), Julian Lucht (21). Media designer: Hendryk Riedel (20). Process technicians specializing in plastics and rubber engineering: Melina Svoboda (19), Sebastian Del Giudice (22).

Sitech Sitztechnik is the Volkswagen group company specializing in the development and production of vehicle seats.

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