The two-seater “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo adopts and extends the GTI DNA from both a visual an technical standpoint.
The proportions and the body surfaces have been extensively revised and optimized for racetrack performance, with a lower center of gravity, an aerodynamically honed front area and very high downforce.
Despite the extensive changes, however, the Golf identity and the GTI look have been maintained.
The concept is virtually powered by a 503 HP VR6 TSI engine delivering 665 Nm (490.3 ft-lb) of torque, coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox transfers the power via the 4MOTION four-wheel drive to the track.
Below we report official design details from the press release.
The front-end has been fine-tuned, with the designers placing the vertical light modules further outboard; they are connected via a spoiler element to underscore the width of the GTI and enhance its visual presence.
The air flow through the body has also been enhanced with a large air inlet boosting aerodynamic performance at the front.
The airstream flows past the front wheels and is practically sucked out of the wheel arches in order to cool down the brake discs. The hallmark GTI honeycomb structure adorns all the air inlet and outlet openings.
Aerodynamics and cooling are just as important in the strengthened rear section: downstream of the striking roof spoiler, a rear wing creates the necessary downforce at the rear axle. From a design point of view, the carbon-fiber structure which holds the rear wing, protrudes from the C-pillar.
An aerodynamic feature on the roof ensures that the airflow to the rear wing is perfect. Furthermore, air flows through the rear wheel arches in order to optimally dissipate the thermal energy produced during braking.
At the rear, the powerfully sculpted, low-set shoulder catches the eye, which extends well into the rear – as typical for this type of GTI supercar it continues behind the C-pillar and merges with the wheel vent at the lower area.
The external diffuser is equally striking. The flat rear lights have been visually adapted to the extraordinary flat and dynamic proportions of the rear end.
Like the “Roadster”, the “Supersport” is also fitted with 20-inch GTI alloy wheels. The multipiece GTI wheels were refined further; a star consisting of five spokes, which are finished in ultralight carbon fiber, sits proudly in the center. Between the wheels, the two classic GTI stripes can be found above the side sill – also a homage to the Golf GTI I.
The same applies to the hallmark black film around the edges of the rear window, which is finished in a carbon-fiber look for the “Supersport”.
A helmet compartment and a racing tank have also been built into the car. The “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo” can be configured in the four colors of “Reflex Silver”, “Gran Turismo Red”, “Lapiz Blue” or “Oryx White”.
(Source: Gran Turismo, Volkswagen)