Volkswagen apprentices from 12 separate facilities have produced two one-off Golfs for the Wörthersee meet this year, incorporating the latest powertrain and interior technologies and production techniques.
The first, named the Golf GTI Next Level, was produced by a team of apprentices from the Wolfsburg plant and seat-producing Volkswagen partner Sitech, is based on the regular Golf GTI, with its 2.0-litre engine tweaked to produce 405bhp.
The bulk of the modifications appear inside the car, however; 3D-printed doorcards house speakers and subwoofers, while the boot floor opens to reveal a retractable monitor and LED lighting, all controllable through a smartphone app developed in-house.
On the outside, forged aluminium wheels and hand-painted details on the custom paintwork mark out the car.
The other team, from Volkswagen’s Chemnitz, Sachsen and Zwickau plants, unveiled the compressed natural gas-powered Golf Estate TGI GMotion. This has a 1.5-litre engine producing 129bhp and is mooted to have both on and off-road manners thanks to integrated four-wheel drive and coilover suspension that can be raised or lowered by up to 40mm. To aid off-road ability, the exhaust and undertray have been modified. Four-piston brakes have also been fitted.
Inside, custom upholstery covers the seats, while the contrasting trim is finished with chrome. The exterior is finished in a mix of matt and gloss paints, borrowing three shades from Bentley's palette in addition to the Golf’s factory black shade.