What do you get when you let loose a team of 13 young gearheads on an otherwise benign, run-of-the-mill Volkswagen Golf Cabrio? You get a sweet, attitude-packed ride. That’s just what a two-country team debuted at Volkswagen’s Wörthersee festival in the form of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabrio Austria. Comprised of nine men and four women from Germany and Austria, from ages 17 to 23, this drop-top banishes any remaining vestiges of cutesiness from the Cabrio to make it one rockin’, 328-hp drop-top ride.
But you won’t find a flower vase, Hello Kitty graphics or embroidery within 100 kilometers of this concept. Although the Cabrio is available with up to 265 hp from the factory, the team of young enthusiasts went even further, turning the wick up to 328 hp on the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The red and white color theme reflects the colors of the national flag of Austria, where the Wörthersee festival is held. The Recaro front seats have the word “Austria” stitched into the headrests in commemoration of the official name of the car, the Golf GTI Cabrio Austria. Red is applied to the door sides, the side mirror caps, and brake calipers.
Convertibles are all about fun, and to that end, the rear seat was jettisoned in favor of a thumping 11-speaker, 2250-watt sound system. The team was led by Holger Schülke from Wolfsburg, and Reinhard Bosse from Osnabrück, and negotiated parts procurement and components from within the VW Group for the project build. The GTI Cabrio Austria is sadly not likely to see production, but we wouldn’t mind letting this young enthusiastic team of gearheads loose on something else in VW’s corporate portfolio.