But, despite using its hero hatch for the show, Volkswagen has this time steered clear of the usual power-boosting tricks (a la last year’s R 400).
Rather, and in keeping with the theme of the Consumer Electronics Show, this concept is all about infotainment.
In the cabin of the customised ‘Golf R Touch’, Volkswagen has turfed the regular display and instrument systems, replacing them all with a trio of giant do-it-all displays.
Taking a leaf from Tesla’s book, VW has blessed the Golf R Touch’s centre stack with a 12.8-inch display that would not look out of place on the desktop.
This sits above a secondary control screen, which, at eight inches, is itself only a little smaller.
Likewise, the instrument gauge cluster usually found behind the steering wheel is replaced with another large 12.3-inch screen, displaying all of the usual details in an entirely digital environment.
We’ll see a version of that instrument cluster display with top models in the new Passat range, but the huge centre stack displays are likely still some time away from a production debut.
Just about all of this trio’s functions are controlled, of course, by touch and gesture, including a special 3D camera system in the roof lining that responds to touch and swipe gestures for controlling the sunroof.
Likewise, running your hand along the edge of your seat can control its position by displaying the functions on the touch screen.
In fact, only the steering wheel features any of the usual physical controls. Those, too, have been redesigned for this concept to take advantage of the system’s additional features.
It all changes colours, too. (That's cool, right? I used to be 'with it', but then they changed what 'it' was... - Ed.)
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