Volkswagen unveiled an imressive new concept car at the Wörthersee festival in Austria last week. The VW Golf concept, known as the GTI W12 650, houses a mid engined 650PS (641bhp) W12 engine and if it goes into production it will be the fastest Golf ever produced by VW.
Let’s go through a quick run down of the specs:
- 6.0l W12 (12 Cylinder) Twin Turbo
- 650PS (641bhp) & 553lb-ft of torque
- 0 to 62 in 3.7 seconds
- Claimed top speed of 202mph
- Wheels and tyres are 235/19″ front and 295/19″ at the back
- 70mm Lower
- Rear Wheel Drive
- Wide arch kit
GTI W12 Engine
The new GTI is powered by the same 6 litre W12 engine as found in the VW Phaeton but has been fettled and breathed on to produce an extra 200PS (197bhp) and 147lb-ft of torque. The engine block is made from aluminium to reduce weight and with the W configuration (think two V6 engines side by side) the W12 is compact as well, measuring only 51cm deep, 71cm wide and 72cm high. For all its compact size, the VW engineers still decided to mount the engine in the back seat making the GTI W12 mid-engined, with all 641bhp going to the rear wheels via a six speed automatic transmission.
GTI W12 Body
At 6.2 feet tall and 4.7 feet wide the GTI W12 has an imposing presence. The car is 160mm wider than a standard GTI and sits 70mm lower with massive 19″ alloys (235 fronts & 295 rears) tucked under the flared arches of the wide body kit. Large side inlets feed air to the engine compartment to keep it cool and the roof is constructed from carbon fibre with and forms an integrated rear diffuser, this provides a the down force needed to provide the rear wheels with grip at speed and avoids the need to fit a large rear wing.