Volkswagen Golf GTI W12-650

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If you thought the Phaeton W12 was impressive…watch this. The Golf GTI W12-650 was introduced in 2007 when Volkswagen designers needed a show-stopping concept car to debut at Wörthersee. And what they built was indeed show-stopping. A Golf with a mid-mounted W12 engine delivering 650 horsepower is quite radical indeed.

Two months before Worthersee that year, Volkswagen designers began work on a concept that would combine elements from across the Volkswagen Group. To make it happen, the team started off with the simple body of the Mk5 GTI and kept the original production car’s doors, hood and lights. Next, they incorporated the twin-turbo W12 engine from a Bentley Continental GT that was good for 641 hp; as 12 cylinders physically can’t fit up front, where the four-cylinder turbo engine of the Golf GTI goes, they put the engine right behind the driver, creating a mid-engine GTI.1 To handle all that power, the concept borrowed the rear axle and brakes from a Lamborghini Gallardo, the front brakes from an Audi RS 4, and the gearbox of a Volkswagen Phaeton. Owning most of the renowned car-companies has indeed a few perks.

Making of the GTI W12

The body of the Mk5 was widened by 6.3 inches, the suspension was lowered by nearly three inches and the car was fitted for massive tires, measuring 12 inches wide in the rear and nine inches in the front. In addition to a reworked chassis, the finishing touches to the design included reshaped rear windows, a futuristic rear bumper and an expanded air intake section at the front.

The interior design for the concept car also reflected its racecar-like attributes. Outfitted in black Alcantara leather, the Golf GTI W12-650 had transparent switch guards for central functions, no door liners and even a fire extinguisher in the glove compartment.

Quick Facts

Year

2007

Cylinders

12

Displacement

5998 ccm (366 ci)

Horsepower

650

Top Speed

325 km/h (202 mph)

0-60mph / 0-100kmh

3.7 s

Engine

Type

W12-twin-turbo

Position

mid

Displacement

5998 ccm (366 ci)

Compression Ratio

/

Boost Pressure

/

max. RPM

7500

max. Torque @RPM

750 Nm (553 lb-ft) @4500

max. Horsepower @RPM

650 @6000

Valves/Cylinder

4

Valvecontrol

DOHC

Transmission

Drivetrain

rear

Type

6-speed dual-clutch automatic

Gear Ratios

3.57 - 2.20 - 1.51 - 1.00 - 0.80 (4.09)

Final Axel Ratio

/

Design

Seats

2

Doors

2

Length/Width/Height

4200/1880/1420 mm (165/74/56 in)

Weight 

/

Paint Options

as displayed

Interior Colour Options

as displayed

Interior Materials

/

Cw value

/

Design by

Volkswagen

Performance

Top Speed

325 km/h (202 mph)

0-60mph / 0-100kmh

3.7 s

60-120mph / 100-200kmh

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60-0mph / 100-0kmh

/

1/4 Mile

/

Price

New 

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Used 

not for sale - estimated at over 1,000,000 $

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