Volkswagen GTI Dark Shine and Golf Variant Biturbo Concepts Debut At Wörthersee


The parade of Volkswagen concept cars for the annual Wörthersee festival continues with the unveiling of two more Golf-based vehicles.

The Golf GTI Dark Shine was built by a team of 13 apprentices working for the Volkswagen Group. They began the build with a bare body-in-white, and spent about nine months transforming it into their ideal customized hot hatchback. The car is instantly recognizable thanks to its two-tone Daytona Gray Metallic and R-yellow scheme, but there's more going on under the skin.

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Thanks to a stainless steel exhaust system, upgraded intercooler, tuned engine-control unit and other modifications, the GTI's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine now produces 488 horsepower and 359 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission was also modified to handle the extra power.

On the inside, Recaro sport seats and an Alcantara-covered steering wheel were added for a sportier appearance, while an eight-speaker, 3,500-watt audio system was added to give the Dark Shine some audio horsepower. The entire interior is trimmed in a color scheme that matches the two-tone exterior.

Making its debut alongside the GTI Drak Shine and the other VW Wörthersee concepts is the Golf Variant Biturbo Edition. The name refers to the car's 2.0-liter, twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, which is borrowed from the European-market Passat Variant 2.0 TDI 4Motion.

The diesel produces 236 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Like the Passat it shares an engine with, the Golf Variant Biturbo Edition also has 4Motion all-wheel drive.

The engine was installed in the Golf Variant show car by 14 apprentices. The car also features a special Alor blue exterior color with Deep Black stripes, and an interior designed to match.

These student-built concepts will be displayed at Wörthersee alongside a wide variety of VW Group creations, including the VW GTI Clubsport and Golf GTE Sport plug-in hybrid concepts.

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