Rear-Drive 650-Horse GTI W12!
May 17, 2007
Air scoops galore are needed to cool the big 12-cylinder. Click on images for larger views.
From zero to 62 MPH in 3.7 seconds.
The massive twin-turbo 12-cylinder
sits behind the front seats.
A top speed over 200 MPH.
Indeed, VW has unleashed the most potent GTI ever.
It's the GTI W12 concept — and it's Volkswagen's way of saying thanks to thousands of GTI fans at their 26th annual meeting in Austria.
Unlike production GTIs, which have their engines and drive wheels up front, the W12 has a mid-engine rear-
drive layout. The throbbing heart is a twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder pumping out a staggering 650 horsepower.
A six-speed automatic transmission transfers the power to the asphalt via 19-inch wheels and tires.
Wider and lower, the GTI's body has been extensively modified. Several features are needed simply to cool the massive powerplant — large air scoops in the back fenders, pushed-in side windows, gigantic radiators up front (connected by ducts to the back), and air inlets in the side skirts.
Volkswagen didn't want to spoil the GTI's design by tacking a huge spoiler on the back, so the light-weight carbon-fiber roof acts as a diffuser, an internal spoiler, to apply down force on the rear at high speeds.
Quad tailpipes hint at this GTI's supreme capabilities.
Inside are heavily bolstered seats covered in suede-like Alcantara, three gauges to monitor the two turbos and temperature, and racing switches with covers.
And here we thought last year's R GTI was the ultimate ("2006 SEMA: Ultimate 400-Horsepower GTI!").
Ha! Think again!