VW Golf GTI First Decade: 404bhp show car arrives at Worthersee

One-off Golf GTI show car makes Worthersee debut with electric motor for the rear wheels, while GTE Estate Impulse has longer electric range

Volkswagen has shown-off two one-off show cars at the annual 'Worthersee GTI treffen' (Wörthersee GTI meeting) in Austria. The first car is a 404bhp version of the Golf GTI called the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade and featuring a hybrid powertrain consisting of a powerful petrol engine and a small electric motor powering the rear wheels. 

The engine up front powers the front wheels as normal while the rear motor has about 17bhp to drive the rear wheels and power the car at slow speeds around town in fully electric mode. The batteries providing its power are recharded via regenerative braking. You can set the Golf GTI First Decade to be front-drive, rear-drive or all-wheel drive via a tablet or smartphone app displayed on the in-car infotainment system.

Best hot hatchbacks to buy now

The striking blue livery is the first thing you'll notice about the Golf GTI First Decade, including the bonnet stripes and gloss black honeycomb grille. There's also a Clubsport spoiler on the back, 20-inch alloy wheels plus '10' and 'First Decade' badges that indicate this is the 10th Worthersee show car from the brand. This and all the previous Worthersee specials were and devised and built by Volkswagen apprentices.

On the inside there are only two seats, although they're pretty hi-tech and can be controlled via an app - with a massage function and electric adjustment. Some matching colours from the livery and First Decade badges finish off the cabin, though audiophiles will also be impressed by the huge 1,690-watt sound system with 11 speakers.

The other show car at this year's show is the Golf GTE Estate Impulse, which features similar livery to the GTI in the more practical body style. The batteries from the GTE have been upgraded from 8.8kWh to 18.8kWh, doubling the car's all-electric range.

Previously Volkswagen's Worthersee show cars haven't made it to production, but it's possible that the powerful 2.0-litre engine in the GTI and the uprated batteries in the GTE will make it to future road cars.

What do you think of the two VW Golf specials? Let us know in the comments...

Recommended

History of the Volkswagen Golf GTI: all eight hot hatch generations driven
Volkswagen Golf GTI - group
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

History of the Volkswagen Golf GTI: all eight hot hatch generations driven

How has the Volkswagen Golf GTI evolved over 45 years? We test every generation of the legendary hot hatch to find out
15 Oct 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI review
VW Golf GTI - Mk8
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI review

The Volkswagen Golf GTI remains a tremendous all-rounder with its typically sophisticated take on the hot hatch formula
7 Oct 2021
New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 - front
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review

The new special edition Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 is one of the best cars ever to wear the GTI badge
23 Jun 2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300
Car group tests

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport vs Cupra Leon 300

The capable Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport goes up against its new Cupra Leon 300 sibling in this hot hatch battle
12 Jun 2021

Most Popular

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates
Ford Focus ST Line - front
Ford Focus Hatchback

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates

Ford has given the Focus hatchback a refresh for 2021, with a new design and an improved infotainment suite
14 Oct 2021
Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S Tour: long-term test review
Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S Tour long termer - first report header
Volkswagen ID.3 Hatchback

Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S Tour: long-term test review

First report: the impressive Volkswagen ID.3 EV joins our fleet fresh from winning an award from our sister title
15 Oct 2021
Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger
Nissan Leaf
Nissan

Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger

The unusual new offer is available on the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 van – and it includes the cost of installing the wallbox charger at your home
13 Oct 2021