Golf GTI Next Level and Golf Estate TGI GMotion were created by VW apprentices; they’re being showcased at Europe’s biggest VW meet

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. 

Both cars are on display at the Wörthersee meet in Austria. It's a tradition for Volkswagen to bring apprentice-modified cars to the annual event; last year, a Golf GTE Estate and 396bhp hybrid Golf GTI were showcased. 

Read more:

Inside Volkswagen's Wolfsburg production plant

What is the Wörthersee Treffen like?

Worthersee Treffen 2017: the Golf gallery

Worthersee Treffen 2017: photo gallery and report

Race-inspired Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR gets 286bhp

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Can the hottest Volkswagen Golf GTI ignite the passion and reclaim its crown now lost to the Ford Focus ST?

Join the debate


10 May 2018

 This isn’t have bad, I like the exterior really stands out and with the extra Ponies under the a Hood it’s a sleeper of sorts....

Peter Cavellini.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Suzuki Swift Sport 2018 long-term review hero front
    First Drive
    16 July 2018
    The Japanese hot hatch is all grown up in terms of character, technology and price, but is it still a fun-loving kid at heart? Let’s find out
  • Tesla Model S 75D 2018 first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    16 July 2018
    New starting point for revised Model S line-up is still the electric saloon to beat
  • Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer longterm review on the road
    First Drive
    16 July 2018
    How suited is this estate to the demands of the business traveller? We aim to find out
  • Ford Fiesta ST Performance Pack 2018 UK first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    16 July 2018
    Latest Fiesta to wear red ST badge is more refined than predecessor and more satisfying to drive over a range of speeds than any of its rivals
  • Hyundai Nexo 2019 first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    Designed from the outset to use a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, this front-driven crossover provides a taste of the future today