May 29, 2014
Those darn Wolfsburg kids can build a pretty stellar GTI
Today, twelve apprentices from Wolfsburg between the ages of 18 and 23 put the true meaning of their city in the latest GTI by showing off their creation at the 2014 GTI Meeting at Wörthersee.
The Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition, sporting Absolute red paint and Negro Magico black stripes, ‘reflect[s] the ideas for their dream GTI developed by budding skilled workers from Volkswagen and Sitech Sitztechnik,’ says the VW release.
The up-tuned 2.0-litre TFSI four-pot cranks out 375 hp and breaths through a carbon fibre airbox and hand-welded stainless steel exhaust. And while the improved performance is all well and good, it’s the visual details that set this GTI apart.
As all the apprentices are from Wolfsburg, they wanted to inject some of their city’s history into the project. The car features eight Wolfsburg landmarks: Schloss Wolfsburg, Planetarium, the Car Towers at Autostadt, Phaeno, Autostadt Customer Center, Volkswagen Arena (the VfL Wolfsburg soccer stadium), the Volkswagen power plant and headquarters building.
Also making its debut is the Golf Variant (Wagon) Youngster 5000 from Zwickau, built by apprentices from the Zwickau Volkswagen plant as the name suggests. It’s the first time a Golf Wagon is being featured at Wörthersee. Another up-tuned 2.0-litre TFSI powerplant provides motivation while an integrated Bilstein suspension, controlled by iPhone, makes sure everything stays planted. The Youngster 5000 part of the name comes from the 5000W sound system in the back of the car, mounted on skids, which can be controlled with a special iPad.