One very hot hatchback built by a select group of rising car stars

Every year, Volkswagen drops the sheets on a unique, customized Golf at the annual GTI Fest at Lake Worthersee in Austria. As a showcase of the skills of its various apprentices, the custom ride is typically a real jaw-dropper, and this latest example is no different.

Continue reading to learn what makes the Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level special.

What Makes The Volkswagen Golf GTI Next Level Special

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This unique Golf was built by apprentices from Wolfsburg in just nine months.

The Golf GTI Next Level will enjoy a debut at Lake Worthersee alongside a second unique Golf, both of which are sure to gain a fair amount of attention from the appreciative crowd set to attend the 37th annual GTI Fest.

Dubbed the Golf GTI Next Level, this unique Golf was built by apprentices from Wolfsburg in just nine months, with each apprentice applying their skills in a variety of areas.

“For the design of the exterior and the interior, the young women and men contributed considerable crafting skills and used digital development and production methods such as CAD and 3D printing technology. They also programmed dedicated applications for the control of special vehicle function from a smartphone or tablet PC,” VW says.

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Ranging between 19 and 23 years of age, the apprentices were selected as “especially committed young talents” to receive tutelage from “experienced colleagues at an early stage,” said Volkswagen’s Head of Vocational Education and Further Training Vehicle Construction, Andreas Strutz. That included knowledge regarding automobile production, practical experience in applying digital technology, and several connected feature technologies.

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Let’s start with the exterior styling, which enhances the standard Golf GTI’s aesthetic with a number of custom touches that definitely lend it a unique, head-turning look. The body panels were painted in white and silver metallic, while the tail gains a deep black pearl effect. Breaking up the paint are contrasting foils and forked arrows, plus a good amount of red detailing. There’s also a set of enormous forged aluminum wheels in the corners, punctuated with hand-painted red interior strips. The body kit includes a new rear diffuser, which was also hand-painted to an attractive finish.

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Further red detailing can be found inside, offsetting the black, grey, and white hues with splashes of color for the steering wheel, contrast stitching, surrounds, and more. The steering wheel gains additional buttons below the standard infotainment controls, looking like something you might find in a Ferrari rather than a German hatchback.

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The sound and multimedia system are even more impressive, with a large flatscreen display and powerful speaker set-up.

The sound and multimedia system are even more impressive, with a large flatscreen display and powerful speaker set-up in the rear providing the entertainment. The apprentices used CAD software and 3D-printer tech to create the side trim and speaker mounts, while the electrically opening cargo floor, retractable LED monitor, and LED underfloor lighting are all controlled via a tablet or smartphone running custom apps which were also produced by the apprentices. Impressive stuff!

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Under the hood is a tuned 2.0-liter gas engine making around 410 horsepower

Of course, the performance was also a major consideration. Under the hood is a tuned 2.0-liter gas engine making around 410 horsepower and mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Helping it handle is a lowered suspension set-up, while a ginormous brake package helps it stop.

Extra dress-up can be found under the hood as well, with unique carbon elements like the new air box.

All told, this is one very hot hatchback, and it provides us with a solid reassurance that VW’s future is indeed in good hands.

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Tomorrow, on May 9, the day they have been waiting for will finally arrive for two teams of Volkswagen apprentices. The double premiere of the special unique Golf show cars they have developed and built themselves as to take place at the 37th GTI meeting. Each year, tens of thousands of automobile fans come to Lake Wörthersee for the legendary event. Volkswagen’s budding specialists will be presenting their show cars to a large audience there: the Golf GTI Next Level (from Wolfsburg) and the Golf Estate TGI GMOTION (from Zwickau).

The two unique Golfs were created in about nine months on the basis of ideas from 29 apprentices in 12 vocations. For the design of the exterior and interior, the young women and men contributed considerable crafting skills and used digital development and production methods such as CAD and 3-D printing technology. They also programmed dedicated applications for the control of special vehicle functions from a smart phone or tablet PC.

“During the creation of their dream Golf, our apprentices learn about the complexity of automobile production and many future-oriented topics. They also gain practical experience in the application of digital technologies, control and systems technology and the networking of vehicles with the Internet,” says Andreas Strutz, Head of Vocational Education and Further Training Vehicle Construction of the Volkswagen brand. “For this unique vehicle project, we select especially committed young talents and give them the opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues at an early stage.” This year, the project was supported by departments including design, technical development, the pilot hall, the seat center, plastic parts production, the paint shop and the multimedia center.

First premiere: Golf GTI Next Level from Wolfsburg

The Golf GTI Next Level* is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with an output of 302 kW (411 PS) and is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The unique GTI is painted in the standard colors of white silver metallic and deep black pearl effect (at the rear). Contrasting foils with forked arrows are applied to the paintwork. Like the body kit including the rear diffuser and the interior strips of the forged aluminum wheels, these foils are painted by hand.

Digital technologies were used for the creation of the Next Level. The apprentices developed the design of the exterior and the interior on graphic computers – for example for the complex sound and multimedia installation in the rear of the two-seater. They designed the side trims and the mounts for loudspeakers and subwoofer on CAD computers and fabricated them using 3-D printer technology. In addition, the apprentices programmed special apps to control the electric-powered opening cargo floor, the retractable LED monitor and the LED underfloor lighting using a Tablet PC or smart phone.

The Wolfsburg team of project manager Holger Schülke (by training vocations):

motor vehicle mechatronics technicians: team spokesperson Maximilian Klar (21), Florian Dimt (21), Maximilian Purrucker (21), Vincent Siermann (20), electronics technicians for automation: Patrick Schilling (19) and Maurice-Christian Ziesmann (21), vehicle paint technicians: Anna-Katharina Heumann (22) and Marie-Kristin Schild¬¬wächter (20), vehicle interior fitters: Henny Stegmann (19) and Lena Volk (20), specialists in office management: Lina Bosse (20) and Tina Geißler (20), technical model maker: Sandra Dombrowski (21), technical product designer: Nico Sennhenn (21), process technician specializing in plastic and rubber engineering: Marc Fitzlaff (23). Maurice-Christian Ziesmann is completing a dual course of studies and is combining his apprenticeship with a bachelor degree course in electrical engineering and information technology (Ostfalia, Wolfenbüttel). Henny Stegmann is completing her apprenticeship with Sitech in Wolfsburg, all the others work at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant. Sitech is the Volkswagen Group company specializing in the development and production of vehicle seats.

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