UPDATE: official images released.
Volkswagen has pulled the covers from what can only be described as the carmaker's wildest Golf concept since 2007's bonkers GTI W12-650.
Bound for this week's GTI Treffen at Austria's Lake Wörthersee, the Design Vision GTI concept is a genuine powerhaus, driven by a twin-turbo petrol V6.
Strapped to a DSG transmission and Volkswagen's all-wheel-drive system, the big turbo engine promises a huge 375kW and 560Nm of torque.
By comparison, the regular 2014 Golf GTI packs a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo engine that offers a not inconsiderable 162kW and 350Nm.
Of course, the Design Vision's outputs fall short of the Golf-5 based W12's 478kW and 720Nm, but it could be argued that the new concept is more of a spiritual successor to the old V6-powered R models. (Its all-wheel-drive configuration helps.)
And, with a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 3.9 seconds, the concept's genuine supercar pace is unlikely to have anyone complaining.
Among the concept's styling and aerodynamic tweaks are a chopped body that measures 15mm shorter front-to-end, 71mm wider and 57mm lower, compared to the regular Golf 7 GTI.
The hatch's familiar C-pillar kink has also been pulled away from the body, forming new aero channels and joining the widened flares and skirts.
Under that widened body sits a set of 20-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 235/35 rubber up front and 275/30 rubber bands at the rear.
There's also ceramic brakes to pull the concept, measuring 380mm at the front and 356mm behind the rear wheels.
In the cabin, the Design Vision GTI gets an all-new dash design, with a broad carbon-fibre feature projected out and around the centre stack.
Still, a concept is all the Design Vision is destined to be, although the design team was charged with envisioning "a spectacular glance into the future of the GTI".
So, for now, let's not write this one off all-together...
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