VW apprentices develops special Golf GTI

BY Azfar Hashim

The team from Wolfsburg shows a Golf GTI ‘Next Level’ with 405 bhp

Each year, thousands of automobile fans come to Lake Wörthersee for the legendary GTI Meeting event. For this year’s, Volkswagen’s budding specialists presented a show car to a large audience there: the Golf GTI Next Level.

The Golf GTI Next Level is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with an output of 405 bhp, and is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The unique GTI is then painted in the standard colours of white silver metallic, and deep black pearl effect at the rear; contrasting foils with forked arrows are also 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.