Volkswagen Roadster Vision Concept Launched at the LA Auto Show

Published December 29, 2014

The Volkswagen GTI has been the do-everything car for a very long time, because it hauls, it’s also quick, and has a decent gas mileage. Originally, it was created for the “Gran Turismo” game as one of the Vision Concept cars, but now, the company has made it real!

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Design Process

Kanuzori Yamauchi, the creator of Gran Turismo is certainly an avid fan of the GTI. Thus, when the Vision Concept project was proposed by Sony, VW did not think twice. In fact, the company instantly launched a contest in designing the new car. The judges of the contest were Yamauchi, and the VW head design, Klaus Bischoff. Yamauchi chose 2 specific drawings that were designed by Domen Rucigaj and Malte Hammerbeck (exterior designers), and Guillermo Mignot (interior specialist). After a few weeks, the VW Roadster was ready. On May 26, the new car took its first virtual laps, while its first real laps were held in Austria after a few days.

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V6 Power Plant

The 2014 Volkwagen Roadster is a two-seater car with a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine, which makes 503 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. It also has a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission, allowing the power to go through its 4Motion system easily. It has 192 mph top speed, and weighs about 3,133 pounds. These powerful details are direct reminders of the GTI W12 a few years back, which had two V6 engines under its hood, while producing 641 horsepower.

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Aggressive Look and Stance

This car has a wheelbase of 98.2-inch and is relatively shorter compared to the production GTI, along with minimal overhangs of 74.6-inch width and 42.9-inch height. It has an overall measurement of 163.7 inches. According to the company, the car was aerodynamically optimized with the rear wing as its most prominent feature. Extending C-pillars are ahead of its wing, forming rollover bars. Its color is a tornado red twist off, which the company refers to as the “Gran Turismo” red. The doors are framed by the C-pillar, its side skirts, and a profoundly flared wheel arches. Doors are able to swivel forward and up, while splitting the eccentric line into a lower and upper half. Occupants are offered with carbon fiber race seats. The Roadster’s 4-spoke steering is covered with Alcantara. Finally, the car maker said most of the decorative features were omitted in order to meet a more motorsport ambience.

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