Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 concept (2007): first official pictures

Published: 17 May 2007

VW Golf GTI W12: the lowdown

We loved the Clio V6, despite its dynamic shortcomings, and some CAR staffers still go weak at the knees at the mention of a Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 rally car. But now Volkswagen is muscling in on the mad-hatch genre by showing this one-off Golf GTI W12. You read that right. Wolfsburg’s crazier engineers have built a unique hot hatch powered by the Phaeton’s 6.0-litre W12. It’s twin-turbocharged. And mounted amidships…

That sounds like one very crazy – demented even – Golf indeed!

Yes, this is the maddest Golf you’ll ever see. That W12 has a punchy 641bhp and 553lb ft of twist, driving the rear wheels. You read that right – like other wild hatches of the past few decades, this uber Golf is mid-engined, built around a bespoke aluminium platform. It’s enough for a 3.7sec dash to 62mph and a top speed of 184mph if you keep those 19-inch wheels spinning long enough. Don’t go expecting any Golf W12 on sale, though. This was strictly a one-off for the renowned Wörthersee Tour, an Austrian celebration of hot-hatch madness. The VW Group has clearly taken this event seriously this year, as Audi unveiled its TT speedster there yesterday.

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet