Much as we adore the sharp handling and power offered by our Four Seasons 2010 Volkswagen GTI, it seems our Automobile of the Year can be made even better, as evidenced by VW's new GTI Excessive show car.
Billed as a sharper, more focused GTI, the Excessive’s modifications largely focus on suspension tuning. Along with adding stiffer springs and dampers, VW’s engineers widened the car’s track by fitting 19-inch BBS wheels with substantial 35-mm offsets. Those wheels not only help the GTI’s handling, but facilitate the installation of better brakes. We’re told the Excessive uses 14.5-inch diameter discs up front, which are notably larger than the GTI’s stock 12-inch rotors. In order to fit the bigger wheels, designers had to attach 30-mm fender flares, which are finished in the same contrasting black finish used on the Excessive’s custom side skirts, front lip spoiler, and rear diffuser. Volkswagen also added custom interior trim, revised front bucket seats, a unique roof spoiler, custom lower air intakes for the front fascia, and titanium-finished exhaust tips. On that note, the exhaust system is the GTI Excessive’s only power-enhancing modification. Volkswagen says the less restrictive design not only saves weight, but also manages to bump the output from the turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 from 200 horsepower to 213, while lifting torque from 206 to 211 pound-feet between 1700 and 5200 rpm. Contrary to its name, we think the GTI Excessive is perfect -- and if VW’s execs feel the same way, the automaker could possibly launch an accessory pack with these very modifications in the near future.