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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-09-2018, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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VW apprentices build "Next Level" Golf GTI

Worthersee time is upon us, and its giving us a chance to see the latest and greatest VW concepts. One such concept worth having a look at is the Golf GTI Next Level. It was created in about 9 months from the hands of 29 apprentices. Its running the familiar turbocharged 2.0 liter engine, but peak outputs have been raised to 302 kW and 511 N.m. It features an upgraded turbocharger and a larger intercooler, along with forged pistons and a modified exhaust that has valve control. Bilsten coilovers and Brembo brakes have also been fitted and its got an entirely redesigned interior and sound system.




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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-09-2018, 07:51 PM
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I would love to see this thing run because with all that power and feature that it already came with like the adaptive suspension system, out on a track with challenging turns it should perform very well. Going faster down the straights is what it needed.
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Pretty incredible concept, especially considering it was made by technicians that are still in training. Really dig the livery and the red accenting inside and out. Hopefully we get the chance to see it in action. Take notes VW.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2018, 11:36 AM
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405 hp out of a Golf GTI is pretty much a dream come true for hot hatch fans, and it's front wheel drive to boot. Even the Golf R isn't making that much power!
And they 3D printed a lot of the parts and that could be where the future of manufacturing is headed.
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My only concern with 3d printed parts, is durability. If they are that much cheaper to manufacture, then how do we know if wont compromise their integrity? VW is going to have to step up the Golf R, if students are getting these kinds of figures out of a GTI.
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My only concern with 3d printed parts, is durability. If they are that much cheaper to manufacture, then how do we know if wont compromise their integrity? VW is going to have to step up the Golf R, if students are getting these kinds of figures out of a GTI.
People said the same thing about carbon fiber but over the years it has gotten better, along with other materials and ways they were structured. It all comes down to how well impacts are designed into the structure. I wouldn't be concerned, car makers have billions at risk if it isn't up to a standard of safety required
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I doubt they would use 3d printed parts for anything related to safety, but for simple plastic components why not. Cheaper manufacturing costs, means a better entry price for consumers.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2018, 11:22 AM
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VW should take what the students have produced and offer it to us as an additional option, maybe the upgraded turbocharger at least. Would be a shame to waste all their effort and not take advantage of the improved output. Save on development costs too.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-16-2018, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Some of these concepts that we're seeing at Worthersee will actually be available to purchase directly or as a kit for your stock Golf. Haven't seen any mention of possible price points, but it would be pretty neat to have a one of kind model like this.
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