Volkswagen GTI Roadster shown at Goodwood 2014

27 Jun, 2014 12:00pm Jonathan Burn

Open-top 496bhp Volkswagen GTI Roadster has had an outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Volkswagen has blurred the boundaries between the virtual and real worlds with the unveiling of the GTI Roadster. Originally created for the PlayStation 3 game Gran Turismo 6, the radical concept was brought to life at the famous GTI meet in Worthersee, Germany. Now it's been shown to UK fans at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Created purely as a design showcase, engineers we able to able to overcome common production model constraints in terms of design. The wheelbase of two-seat open-top roadster is significantly shorter and lower than the production GTI at 2,494mm and 1,090mm respectively.

Volkswagen GTI Roadster concept

Classic Golf GTI design cues remain with the honeycomb grille and headlamps but aggressive carbon fibre blades and gaping air intake emphasise the concepts low and wide stance. Viewed in profile and from the rear the design turns into pure fantasy with a huge rear wing, carbon sills and oversized 20-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in a slither of low-profile rubber. Another prominent feature is the floating C-pillars, which also double up as a roll-over protection bar.

Under the skin, a 3.0-litre V6 Biturbo engine developing 496bhp and 560Nm has been fitted. When coupled with the seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, the GTI Roadster is capable of 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. The top speed is 192mph.

Volkswagen GTI Roadster concept

Inside, passengers are cocooned in a dual carbon fibre monocoque and sit low in hip-hugging racing seats. A fire extinguisher has also been fitted to give full race car feel. Carbon fibre and Alcantara trim decorate the interior, while black and red accents give a nod to its GTI heritage. Gran Turismo 6 gamers can download the GTI Roadster for the PlayStation 3 now.

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So a gamer's car then. Sad twenty something virgins still living with parents, playing with themselves in their bedrooms.

Yep, it's a VW.

You seem to be an angry person. Perhaps focus less on others and more on yourself.
What's wrong with VW?

Has its undertray fallen off, yet? ;-)

where on earth did you find anger? There was only humour. Any anger was entirely yours.


And what's right with VW?

Humour requires people to laugh, not pity. I can assure you I'm not angry in the least, I just thought your post was full of judgement and snide opinions.

What has VW got to do with gaming? Mercedes, BMW, Nissan and others have made Gran Turismo concepts, are they all for basement-dwelling virgins, too?

Fun fact- the average age of the UK gamer is 35.

Plenty is right with VW- they've made some of the coolest cars over the past 50 years; Beetles, Golf GTI, Campervans, Scirocco.

Chill dude.

Finally, an interesting VW.... somebody at VW forgot to save that design using the "VW Template" - and all the better for it.

Agree. However I do not rate its chances of avoiding the stodgy corporate "nein" and actually being made as very high.
Note how all AE reviews of anything VW have not merely one but two "VW worship" links tucked in the editorial content. Be aware of such loadings!

Update. As of 30/6/2014 the "Worship Link" in the toolbar has disappeared, leaving the one in the text of the article which "adorns" reviews of VW products only. However, bizarrely, the VW adverts (no problem with such in principle) have a corresponding "AE Worship link"! All kinds of vulgar analogues involving miners lamps come to mind. Still like the look of the car though.