Volkswagen has revealed its radical open-top GTI roadster concept car at the Wörthersee fan meet in Austria.
The new two-seater was originally conceived as a three-dimensional computer model. The concept, created by three young VW designers, was the winner of an in-house competition to create a car that would be included in Gran Turismo as part of its 15th anniversary celebrations.
Enthusiasm for the arresting design of the low-slung roadster ran high among its design team, however, so the German manufacturer has decided to turn it into a full-sized concept in order to pay homage to a long history of GTI models.
Created at Volkswagen’s main design studio in Wolfsburg, Germany, the GTI Roadster is claimed to combine various styling themes being considered for future Volkswagen production models, with some cues set to be included in the upcoming track version of the seventh-generation Golf.
The look is extreme, with new concept flaunting a distinctive wedged-shaped silhouette and prominent ducting to cool the front-mounted engine, a shallow wrap-around windscreen, sizeable wheelarches and a giant rear wing.