To mark the annual Worthersee Show in Austria, Volkswagen has honed the Volkswagen Golf GTI to create a new concept.
The aptly named Volkswagen Golf GTI Excessive is formed from a series of small but effective modifications to the vehicle's running gear to create a sharper, more focused iteration of the iconic GTI.
This comes as a result of firmer springs and dampers and a wider track, requiring the addition of a set of wheelarch extensions each measuring 30 mm. Uprated 370 mm diameter brake discs (310 mm rear) are fitted behind new 19-inch flow-formed BBS motorsport-derived alloy wheels complete with a 35 mm offset fitted with 235/35 ZR19 track-orientated tyres.
The 2.0-litre TSI engine is left unchanged however the addition of a free-flowing and marginally lighter exhaust system raises power from 210 PS to 214 PS while torque rises from 206 to 211 lbs ft between 1,700 and 5,200 rpm.
Aesthetic changes to the Volkswagen Golf GTI Excessive include the addition of a deep front splitter and a pair of revised airdams either side of the front grille. A set of sill extensions finished in gloss black are joined by a new rear diffuser framed by a set of titanium-tipped exhaust pipes and a redesigned wing mounted above the rear window. Finally a set of LED rear lights, now standard equipment on all new examples of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, complete the changes.
Inside the Volkswagen Golf GTI Excessive a set of redesigned bucket seats with integrated headrests finished in black and red are fitted along with brushed aluminium and gloss black trim.
Should there be an enthusiastic reaction to the concept at Worthersee, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Excessive may inspire an accessories pack which could be retrofitted to the MkVI Volkswagen Golf GTI.
The Worthersee Show first took place in 1982 and is attended by thousands of Volkswagen enthusiasts every year. More recently Volkswagen has established a tradition of unveiling a concept car specially commissioned for the event. In 2007 the GTI W12 made its debut, in 2008 the Volkswagen Scirocco GT24 was unveiled and in 2009 the Volkswagen Polo 'Worthersee 09' concept preceded the Volkswagen Polo GTI.Published 18 May 2010