Classic prototype: The day created a Volkswagen Golf with 650 hp W12 engine … and saw that it was good
In these days when the arrival of a high-flying Volkswagen Golf (400 hp), more powerful, fast and beast than ever, is topical, it is worth remembering a very special prototype. Back in 2007 from Volkswagen had proposed a design and engineering exercise as fun as spectacular, drawing an ace from his sleeve and present it at the largest gathering of world lovers Volkswagen GTI and spirit, the Wörthersee. A beast no sign of ever reaching dealerships, but worked enough to make us dream. It was called Volkswagen Golf GTI W12-650, had 650 hp, performance worthy of a Ferrari and a spectacular design.
In its fifth generation, It was presented as the most powerful Volkswagen Golf history, though he could not endorse such a title, since would never occur beyond the prototype you see in these images. Think about as wild figures as a 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds, almost on par with a Ferrari F430 at the time, and a top speed of 325 km / h.
The first problem they encountered in their development was to find the necessary space to install one twelve-cylinder vee double and 5,998 cm3. The solution, as simple as hilarious. They dispensed with the rear seats of this three-door Volkswagen Golf and a motor was installed in the rear, in a central position.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 also had special aluminum supports to keep in place this W12 engine plant, designed as connecting two six-cylinder engines in close vee. Motor which, to make matters worse, it was equipped with a pair of turbos. Altogether this beast developing 650 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 750 Nm at 4500 rpm. I think that was three times more powerful than a Golf GTI V from which it was derived. This engine was associated with a Tiptronic six relationships.
For thermal management, Volkswagen had to devise air intakes in the lunettes and low, which they conferred on the other hand, an even more aggressive if possible. Its body is lowered 70 mm, 19 inch wheels with tires were installed 295 and 160 millimeters widened. The finishing touch put a carbon fiber roof and a body kit really spectacular, which makes even today seem a spectacular, modern and, above all, very exotic sports compact.
As I overtook at the beginning, Golf GTI W12 Volkswagen would never occur, not even in a very limited number. At the time it seemed crazy. Today we still find crazy. In any case, we have already seen in the street with a sport, the handiest philosophy much like the Renault Clio V6. With the escalation of current power, on the other hand, we are expecting the arrival of a Volkswagen Golf R400, with 400 hp. A beast that is not so far removed from the records of this extravaganza that one day we met as the Golf GTI W12.
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