VW GTI Roadster Concept
Volkswagen's association with India is longstanding and of this, the Polo hatchback determines its popularity as a hot hatch. Over time plonking in a more powerful derivative meant that the GTI badge got a glitzy hold over the hardcore race enthusiast. Buyers weren't shying away from spending those extra bucks to get a hatchback that was strong on performance and at the same time really fun to drive. Thus Polo GTI's compact size teamed with a turbocharged petrol engine churning out 103 Bhp makes it a quick car on Indian roads, however a more insane and powerful version is on its way in the form of a 1.8 TFI variant with two-doors. Brings back nostalgic memories of the Maruti Zen Carbon does it? But this is not where we are going, instead we are now going to talk about future technologies and design that are globally being studied and showcased via various Motorshows.
One such example is the VW Golf GTI Roadster Concept. The German manufacturer has been toying with the idea of bringing a powerful and capable roadster along the lines of their best-selling budget performance cars around the world, with a clear exception to Indian market. From a global perspective, Golf GTI has been around for almost 42 years but the drivers have not got bored of accessible power and easy manoeuvrability which enhances it’s driving dynamics thereby multiplying the driving fun. Its go-kart like handling and a throaty exhaust note keeps the petrol heads satiated for a long period. Therefore to give more to the audience, VW have come up with this Roadster Concept that bears an edgy design with razor-sharp lines flowing throughout the body structure. In fact even the windshield looks like the helmet visor of a storm-trooper from star-wars. Flowing silhouettes from the side give it an Audi like look thereby enhancing the side profile. There is no single spoiler to keep the car glued to the surface but multiple ones. There’s carbon fiber all-around this concept so as to keep its kerb weight at 1420 Kgs.
Chassis on GTI Roadster Concept is that off a Golf. The height is only a meter from the road and the final version will be seeing some cosmetic changes in this department for sure. The aerodynamic base will provide it minimum drag coefficient, thereby improving the performance drastically. Coming to the most important part, its power plant is a turbo-charged 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 TSI with Golf’s famed four motion All wheel drive system on board that is said to produce a humungous 503 bhp of power with 560 nm of torque. It is believed to be capable of reaching speeds of more than 300 kms per hour. Stopping power is provided by 20 inch wheels which have massive 80mm ceramic discs up front and 356mm at the rear.
VW Beetle is an iconic car that has stood the tests of time. It’s been around for nearly 7 decades now and served as an inspiration for the Stuttgart stallion Porsche. It used to be a' People’s car' initially and was used as a mule to carry out one of the first car modifications by purposely building them into Buggies that could take on the rocky terrains and the sand dunes. Excess body parts were chopped off exposing the roll cage of the car. Considering that the latest generation is in India, may be a couple of years down the line perhaps one could see this variant too.
Showcased recently by VW, the Beetle Dune is a car inspired by those buggies from the 60s and 70s. One glance and you will realize that this is a modern yet rugged version of the original Beetle. It has bulging lines flowing above the blacked out wheel arches which are extended to the bumper giving it a cross-over feel. The aluminium alloy wheels look enticing. The dune buggies are meant to be tackle bad roads with poise and for that the ground clearance has been raised by 10mm of the existing model. The width has also seen an increase by 14mm. This premium hatch is also equipped with aluminium sills to enhance the cross looks though it’s not very high above the ground.The sporty seats have contrasting stitching to lend the cabin a distinctive look. The central console comes fitted with a 6.3 inch infotainment system offering features like Apple carplay, Android Auto and Mirror Link to seamlessly integrate this vehicle with smartphones. Its power train does not get any major updates, therefore it is the regular 1.8 litre direct injection turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine oozing 170 bhp and 245nm torque which is mated to 6 speed automatic transmission with provision of manual shifting mode as well.