Adding spice to a CNG five-door

The annual GTI Fest at Lake Worthersee in Austria is currently underway, and per tradition, Volkswagen is bringing along a pair of custom rides built by a select group of apprentices to show off the next generation’s skill set. In addition to the GTI Next Level that we featured earlier this week, there’s also this spruced-up five-door wagon dubbed the GMOTION, intended to bring a combination of “sporting character, elegance, and off-road capabilities.”

Continue reading to learn what makes the Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION special.

What Makes The Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION Special

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The various colors also use a combination of matte and gloss finishes to help give it a unique appearance.

Before we get into the oily bits, let’s first examine this thing’s exterior style, which brings a combination of white, red, grey, and black coloring from front to back. The various colors also use a combination of matte and gloss finishes to help give it a unique appearance.

The wheels are old-school in their multi-spoke style and large in their dimensions. Black tint was also added to the headlights, fog lights, and taillights, which looks great in conjunction with the large swaths of black paint enhancements.

The team also added a large cargo pod to the roof to give it even more practicality.

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Of course, you can’t forget the enormous subs in the rear, or the retractable seating that flips out from the trunk space.

Moving inside, the Golf gets a variety of chrome paint added to the various trim bits, as well as red contrast stitching for the bolstered sports seats. Additional red bits were added to the dash surrounds, steering wheel, and seat belts. Further details include sewn honeycomb upholstery and an embroidered GMOTION logo as well.

Of course, you can’t forget the enormous subs and stereo system in the rear, or the retractable seating that flips out from the trunk space.

Making the thing go is a 131-horsepower 1.5-liter natural gas engine. Handling the cog swaps is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Making the thing go is a 131-horsepower 1.5-liter natural gas engine

The car apprentices also managed to adapt the car to an AWD set-up, offering much more grip - exactly what you need if you’re trying to tackle the trailhead. To make it work correctly, the team tweaked the underbody and exhaust system to fit.

“The GMOTION shows that alternative powertrains are not only suitable for families but also for business use,” VW points out in the attached press release.

Rounding out the build is a new coilover suspension system, which enabled the ride height to be dropped by as much as 40 mm (1.6 inches). The brakes were also upgraded with new four-pot calipers.

The Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION was built by 14 apprentices from VW’s vehicle plant in Zwickau, the engine plant in Chemnitz, and the Dresden Transparent Factory, ranging between 18 and 22 years of age. All told, it’s definitely an impressive machine, regardless of the age of the wrenches and brains behind it.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Variant.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level.

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Press release

14 apprentices from Volkswagen Sachsen are unveiling the Golf Estate TGI GMOTION* with a 96 kW (131 PS) 1.5-liter natural gas engine with seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and integrated all-wheel drive. Together with their mentors, the apprentices from the vehicle plant in Zwickau, the Chemnitz engine plant and the Transparent Factory in Dresden have created a Wörthersee show car that combines a sporting character, elegance and off-road capabilities. The GMOTION shows that alternative powertrains are not only suitable for families but also for business use.

The show car is painted in matt and gloss colors. The Bentley colors ice, hallmark and St James red harmonize with the standard Golf color deep black pearl effect. In the interior, all decorative trims feature chrome paint. The sports seats have red decorative stitching, sewn honeycombs and an embroidered GMOTION logo. The trainees installed a chassis with coil-over suspension, which can be lowered by up to 40 millimeters, and a 4-piston brake system. In addition, they adapted the underbody and the exhaust system to all-wheel drive.

The Zwickau Team of project manager Claudia Kittler (by training vocations):

electronics technicians for automation: Benjamin Liebold (20) and Tobias Siebert (18), vehicle paint technicians: Simon Boguslawski (19) and Denise Zeißler (22), industrial mechanic: Dennis Leuthäuser (21), construction mechanics: Jonathan Hammig (19), Marius Neumeister (21), motor vehicle mechatronics technicians: Tom Dubielczyk (20), Hannes Flade (18), Tobias Kalbas (19), Laura Saller (18) and Elisabeth Trompelt (18), mechatronics technician: Laura Hofmann (19), process technician for coating technology: Laura Wagner (20).

Note: A YouTube video shows the Wolfsburg Team and its Golf GTI Next Level. Video is available at May 9, 00:00 a.m CEST. The details of both show cars are summarized in two datasheets.

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