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Volkswagen hits Gran Turismo with GTI Supersport concept [w/video]

Wolfsburg, 14 April 2015

Next level: Volkswagen presents new digital supercar

- GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo excites PlayStation fans
- Race car with 503 HP now available for downloading

Volkswagen is expanding its GTI fleet and sending a new supercar onto the digital race circuit. The engine roaring under the bonnet of the GTI Supersport is a 503 HP VR6 TSI coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). The design of this digital supercar combines the Volkswagen icon with sheer racing design. Following last year’s roadster, another version of the GTI, with its long racing tradition, can now head for the starting line on Gran Turismo®6, exclusively on PlayStation®3.

The first impression of this racer already shows that the Supersport is what fans want and is designed for racing. 665 Nm of torque catapult the virtual GTI to 100 kilometers per hour from a standing start in only 3.6 seconds. At full throttle, the virtual racer reaches a top speed of over 300 kph. The gigantic power output is transferred to the virtual asphalt via 4MOTION all-wheel drive and 20-inch GTI advanced alloy wheels.

A glance in the rearview mirror is enough to worry competitors of the Supersport GTI: the basic shape of the body is still reminiscent of GTI ancestors but every pore of this latest GTI offspring exudes racing character. Proportions and body surfaces have been optimized for an extremely low centre of gravity and widespread use of carbon elements makes the new digital supercar a real lightweight with a power-to-weight ratio of only 2.5 kilograms per horsepower.

At the broad, powerful front end of the aerodynamically optimized body, prominent features are vertical light modules and generous air intakes with the honeycomb configuration typical of the model. While the broad shoulders at the rear provide the ideal ventilation for the brakes, the prominent roof-edge spoiler and flamboyant diffuser make the Supersport hug the track when fighting for the fastest lap time.

Volkswagen’s latest digital creation can be clothed in “Reflex Silver”, “Gran Turismo Red”, “Lapiz Blue” or “Oryx White” and is now available to Gran Turismo 6 players for downloading.

The sixth generation of the legendary racing game available exclusively for the PlayStation has been on sale since 2013. The fleet of this bestselling series includes almost 1,200 different vehicles which can race on a total of 37 circuits.

More information and impressions under www.volkswagen.com/visiongti


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Introducing the Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo

The Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo has been released on “Gran Turismo 6″, available exclusively on PlayStation®3.A monster hatchback that brings the core concept of the “GTI” to life from a different point of view.

How to receive it

After Update 1.18 has been installed, the car can be purchased from the [Vision GT] area within the [CARS] section in “My Home” (here, you can also find the car’s presentation movie). Alternatively, it is also possible to obtain the car by completing a lap (regardless of the lap time) in the new Seasonal Event, available only for a limited time.

About the Volkswagen GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo

Volkswagen extends its GTI fleet for “Gran Turismo 6″. Following the “GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo” designed specially for PlayStation® in 2014, the inventor of the GTI 2015 is now sending out the new “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo” onto the virtual racetrack. The open-top roadster is now joined by a hardtop supercar.

Volkswagen has developed a new sports car for the digital world in the shape of the two-seater “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo”. The designers and engineers picked up on the legendary GTI DNA from a visual and technical standpoint. In a further development, the styling of the iconic compact sports cars was once again reinterpreted and further endowed with a 503 HP VR6 TSI engine. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox transfers the power via the 4MOTION four-wheel drive to the track. Up to 665 Nm (490.3 ft-lb) of torque delivers mighty thrust. And the handling characteristics have been tuned specifically for the “Gran Turismo” racetracks.

Despite the progressive interpretation of the GTI concept, the classic Golf design is instantly recognizable. From a conceptual viewpoint, the entire concept of the virtual GTI as outlined is geared to the physical laws of the racetrack: by intensively optimizing the proportions and body surfaces, the designers managed to achieve superlative performance – with a low center of gravity, aerodynamically honed front area and very high downforce. The targeted usage of carbon-fiber features on the body surfaces and in numerous other details reduces weight.

The body of the “Supersport” has been aerodynamically optimised through numerous features. The front-end, for instance, has been fine-tuned, with the designers placing the vertical light modules further outboard; they are connected via a spoiler element to underscore the width of the GTI and enhance its visual presence. The air flow through the body has also been enhanced with a large air inlet boosting aerodynamic performance at the front. The airstream flows past the front wheels and is practically sucked out of the wheel arches in order to cool down the brake discs. The hallmark GTI honeycomb structure adorns all the air inlet and outlet openings.

Aerodynamics and cooling are just as important in the strengthened rear section: downstream of the striking roof spoiler, a rear wing creates the necessary downforce at the rear axle. From a design point of view, the carbon-fiber structure which holds the rear wing, protrudes from the C-pillar. An aerodynamic feature on the roof ensures that the airflow to the rear wing is perfect. Furthermore, air flows through the rear wheel arches in order to optimally dissipate the thermal energy produced during braking. At the rear, the powerfully sculpted, low-set shoulder catches the eye, which extends well into the rear – as typical for this type of GTI supercar it continues behind the C-pillar and merges with the wheel vent at the lower area. The external diffuser is equally striking. The flat rear lights have been visually adapted to the extraordinary flat and dynamic proportions of the rear end.

Like the “Roadster”, the “Supersport” is also fitted with 20-inch GTI alloy wheels. The multipiece GTI wheels were refined further; a star consisting of five spokes, which are finished in ultralight carbon fiber, sits proudly in the center. Between the wheels, the two classic GTI stripes can be found above the side sill – also a homage to the Golf GTI I. The same applies to the hallmark black film around the edges of the rear window, which is finished in a carbon-fiber look for the “Supersport”. A helmet compartment and a racing tank have also been built into the car. The “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo” can be configured in the four colors of “Reflex Silver”, “Gran Turismo Red”, “Lapiz Blue” or “Oryx White”.

On the racetracks in the world of GT6, the unmistakably charismatic looks of the new “GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo” in the digital rear-view mirror are likely to make the other contenders more than a little nervous.

About Vision Gran Turismo

Vision Gran Turismo is a project in which the world’s leading brands develop concept cars for Gran Turismo and its fans. Please look forward to more fantastic car models in line to be released in the near future!

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2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen [w/video]

Volkswagen currently offers five Golf models in the US, and in just a few weeks it will add the 2015 SportWagen to the lineup. The previous version sold as the Jetta SportWagen, although it was technically a Golf. For the new model, VW product planners decided to align all the hatchbacks under the same name. The SportWagen employs the same engines as the Golf, but significantly stretches its new MQB architecture.

The result is greater practicality in the form of cargo room. With the seats up the SportWagen holds 30.4 cubic feet, almost 8 more than the Golf. The gap widens to nearly 14 cu ft with the seats folded; a max capacity of 66.5 cu ft puts the SportWagen into compact crossover territory. That added functionality leads VW to think it can sway buyers shopping the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. And with the high-mpg diesel variant – 31 mpg city, up to 43 highway – VW hopes to lure those considering fuel-sipping MPVs like the Toyota Prius V and Ford C-MAX. What separates this Golf from those other two segments is the driving prowess we’ve come to expect from Wolfsburg’s best-selling nameplate.

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While the silhouette is similar to the outgoing Jetta wagon, designers honed the character lines to give the Golf SportWagen a more modern, angular aesthetic. The LED headlights look sharp, the hood now scoops down at a steeper angle into the front fenders, and the general proportions – in line with other Golf models – have changed. The new SportWagen is lower, longer, and wider and than the Jetta SportWagen it replaces. Specifically, it is 1.1 inches longer, 0.7 inches wider, and despite being about an inch lower, actually boasts more headroom.

Inside, things look pretty familiar to the current Golf family. There are small, premium touches such as a sporty, flat-ish-bottom wheel, piano-black trim, and an optional one-touch panoramic sunroof that makes the cabin a bright, airy, and pleasant place to be. Otherwise, it’s your standard Golf fare, but with a whole lot more room out back.

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The same two engines that power the standard Golf – the 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four TSI, and 2.0-liter turbocharged TDI diesel – are also found under the hood of the SportWagen. Gasoline-powered models come with a five-speed manual or a traditional six-speed auto, while the TDI gets six-speed transmissions across the board – either as a row-your-own manual, or a dual-clutch DSG auto with steering wheel-mounted paddles.


An impressive 80 percent of SportWagen buyers opted for a TDI when the longroof still wore a Jetta badge, and 40 percent of those cars were ordered with the six-speed manual. Thus, the rare desire for a manual, diesel configuration is still very much alive here. And to broaden its appeal in cold- and wet-weather markets, VW will add an all-wheel-drive option at some point – likely next year. Beacuse most SportWagen customers choose the diesel, we spent a rainy day driving through Texas Hill Country in a pair of TDI SportWagens, starting off with the volume-model DSG, and finishing with the manual.

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The 2.0-liter inline-four produces 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, but how that power behaves varies with the driver’s level of involvement. With the DSG left to its own devices, the SportWagen is slow to accelerate – both off the line and when getting up to highway speeds. The DSG is quick to upshift, which helps with fuel economy, softens the shifts and works just fine for getting around town. But if you really want to tap into the generous torque of the TDI, fuss with the paddles, as we did, keeping it in lower gears. What you lose in fuel economy you’ll make up in happiness, leaving you with a large, endorphin-releasing grin. The engagement level of three-pedal driving in the manual stretches that grin just a bit further too, as you dictate the pace of the gear shifts.

Steering is predictable and accurate, consistent with other Golf models. And the wagon maintains a familiar balance of comfort and sport, even with our test cars’ larger 17- and 18-inch wheels (15-inch wheels are standard on TSI models, while TDIs start with 16s). TDI wagons use the same strut-type front suspension as the standard Golf, but opt for a torsion beam rear suspension with coil springs and an anti-roll bar.

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Packaging is simple with three trims starting at the base S, moving up to SE, and finishing at the top-of-the-line SEL. Volkswagen says a content-adjusted entry-level S model can now be had for $2,000 less than the previous Jetta SportWagen – prices start at $22,215 for the TSI and $25,415 for the diesel.

The 2015 SportWagen carries on the Golf family reputation as a fun, ergonomic, and practical ride, only now with increased utility. Regardless of whether or not the SportWagen can sway buyers from the scorching compact crossover segment – as VW hopes – it’s one of the only affordable wagons out there. The Subaru XV Crosstrek and Outback are similar to the Golf in price, but behave more like the soft and tall SUVs they emulate, and upmarket offerings like the Audi Allroad or Volvo V60 are pricey. If AWD is mandatory consideration, Subaru makes the decision easy, at least until the all-wheel drive SportWagen arrives. But if that’s not a priority the SportWagen offers more refinement, a premium feel, and incredible highway fuel economy with the diesel option. In other words it’s just like a Golf, but more, and we like that.

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