Following up on sketches of the car, Volkswagen today revealed more details on the GTI Roadster Vision concept shown at the Wörthersee meet in Europe. With 503 hp and a curb weight of 3133 pounds, Volkswagen claims the topless turbocharged car will rocket to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can approach 192 mph.
The Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision concept was originally conceived only as a virtual car for the PlayStation game Gran Turismo 6, but the German company decided to build a real-world version for Wörthersee. When PlayStation manufacturer Sony approached Volkswagen about the project, the carmaker asked designers to submit proposals for a virtual GTI concept. The winning one, seen here, was picked by Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff and Gran Turismo inventor Kazunori Yamauchi.
Compared to a standard 2015 Volkswagen GTI, the Roadster concept is 4.3 inches shorter with a 5.4-inch shorter wheelbase. The hatchback’s roof was removed, a roll bar fitted behind the two bucket seats, and a speedster-like wraparound windshield installed in place of the standard GTI’s A-pillars and windows. A sharp crease in the door helps create a vent ahead of the rear wheels, while a prominent side skirt features a large, illuminated Gran Turismo logo. Those doors swivel upward when opened. The car rides on 20-inch center-lock wheels, which surround enlarged brakes with rotors measuring 15.0 inches in diameter in front, 14.0 inches in rear.
Beneath the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine rated for 503 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Along with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive, the engine helps effect the aforementioned 3.5-second run to 60 mph.
By June, Gran Turismo 6 owners will be able to download the Volkswagen GTI Roadster Vision as a playable car. Sadly, it is unlikely to head to real-world dealerships.