The Golf GTI First Decade carries the title of being the first electrified car to carry the GTI badge, and is powered by a 396bhp petrol engine driving the front wheels, and a 48V 12kW electric motor that powers the rear wheels. The two systems can work together or separately, meaning that front, rear and all-wheel drive is possible, depending on which motor is chosen. These are selectable via an app, or through the car’s infotainment system, via Mirror Link.
Creators of the car - a team of apprentices from Volkswagen’s Brunswick and Wolfsburg facilities - chose blue shades to adorn the exterior of the car - inspired by the Wörthersee lake and blue sky, while the number 10 on the side signifies the car as the 10th apprentice project presented at Wörthersee. A Clubsport rear spoiler and 20in MB-Design alloys have also been fitted.
Inside, the apprentices’ app-controlled adjustable sports seats feature, which also have massage functions. Despite the racier appearance of the car’s exterior, the students wished to keep the interior more restrained; so only blue highlights from the car’s exterior are carried through to interior trim, and blue contrasting upholstery stitching. An 11-speaker sound system with subwoofer and LED lighting takes up the space normally occupied by the rear seats and boot.