VOLKSWAGEN DEBUTS 2017 ENTHUSIAST VEHICLE FLEET
From Beetle to Golf Alltrack, Volkswagen of America’s concept car fleet is inspired by the diverse interests of the brand’s enthusiasts
Herndon, VA — With the summer enthusiast season just around the corner, Volkswagen of America, Inc. will unveil its enthusiast show fleet for 2017 at SOWO: The European Experience on Hutchinson Island, Savannah, Georgia, between May 19 and 21. Featuring five models from the brand lineup, these specially-prepared show vehicles are inspired by the diverse interests of Volkswagen enthusiasts.
Golf R Heritage Concept
The Golf R Heritage concept features an homage to the car’s German heritage with a striking stripe package in the colors of the German flag and a white, lower rocker accent stripe pattern. Vossen has provided the wheels, starting with the VWS-1 finished in matte gunmetal and polished anodized silver. The wheels are shod with G-FORCE COMP-2 A/2 tires from BFGoodrich and the car has been lowered on a sport spring package from H&R Springs. The simple touches highlight the already great platform of the Golf R model while leaving the car close to factory specification—which is what most R owners tend to do.
Golf GTI RS Concept
Sam Dobbins, Creative Director at Vossen Wheels, is a great force within the enthusiast scene and a longtime Volkswagen owner. His Golf GTI RS Concept is a fascinating amalgamation of different car cultures with a particularly heavy Japanese influence via the Rocket Bunny widebody kit. To set his car apart from many others with similar body modifications, Dobbins put a lot of effort into making sure that the sheetmetal was honed to eliminate wheel rub, making the car comfortable to drive on a daily basis. The interior is stripped down, but the polished aluminum floorpan, race-inspired seats, and other accents reflect the exterior design. The GTI RS Concept rolls on Vossen wheels and features a Thule carrier box with custom, low-profile roof crossbars.
Take a look behind-the-scenes with Sam Dobbins as he photographs his Mk7 VW GTI RS for the cover of Performance VW Magazine’s December 2016 issue.
Golf Alltrack Country Concept
The third-generation Golf Country Special edition inspired this year’s Golf Alltrack Country concept. The Golf Country, which was sold only in Europe, was designed for medium-duty off-road driving and equipped with more suspension travel than a traditional Golf, Syncro four-wheel drive, higher ground clearance, and brush guards. The stock Golf Alltrack is already equipped with 4Motion ® all-wheel drive and has more ground clearance than the Golf SportWagen, but the Golf Alltrack Country concept features a further 2-inch suspension lift and 15-inch wheels fitted with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.
Additional foglights are integrated into the lower bumper and a hitch-mounted Thule T2 Pro XT bike rack carries two Trek Stache 9.6 mountain bikes. The off-pavement adventure continues with a roof-mounted tent system, topped with a flexible solar panel, a curved LED light bar, and a solar-heated shower. In the trunk, an integrated entertainment system complete with media computer is mounted into the spare wheel well, and a custom LED light bar is integrated into the liftgate for additional visibility. Three batteries hidden under the trunk floor are charged via the solar power system to keep the media center and USB power ports at full charge. A custom topography graphic wrap finishes the Golf Alltrack Country Concept. With its well-crafted customizations, this vehicle is ready to keep up with the demands of even the most daring weekend adventurer.
Beetle Post Concept
This concept highlights the top Beetle R-Line trim and championship-winning BMX rider, Alise Post, who has outfitted the car with two custom GW bikes for the project. The car rides on 19-inch Mr. Drama Queen wheels from an up-and-coming company, Radi8, and uses an H&R Springs Street Performance Coil Over system that lowers the stance and highlights the performance potential of the Beetle. Habanero Orange paint and the vintage lettering on the doors give an added retro vibe to this Beetle.
Jetta GLI Nardo Concept
The GLI has been a staple of the Volkswagen brand since the Mark 2 generation of the Jetta. It’s something of a stealth performance car and the Nardo Concept builds on that, adding a few simple touches to make the car shine. The car is wrapped in Nardo Grey, a popular color at sister brand Audi, which brings out the lines without looking flashy. Over the course of the Show season, the car will feature different sets of HRE wheels, beginning with the FF01 Flow Form series, finished in Tarmac. The Nardo has an H&R Springs Street Performance Coil Over system and BFGoodrich® G-FORCE™ COMP-2 A/S™ tires for a more road-hugging appearance.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.