A one-off Golf GTI – powered by a hybrid petrol/electric powertrain – has been unveiled at the annual Worthersee GTI meeting in Austria.

  • Produces 421 bhp in total
  • Front wheels powered by 404 bhp petrol engine
  • 17 bhp electric motor powers rear wheels
  • Not going into production – for now

Known as the Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade, the car has been developed to demonstrate the potential future for the brand’s most iconic hot hatch. Not many official details have been revealed for the car due to it being more of a show vehicle than a genuine concept or limited edition model, but Volkswagen did still reveal some interesting information.

Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade 2017 - Rear Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade 2017 - Interior

The first being its power. The GTI First Decade has an impressive 421 bhp available from its petrol/electric setup, with a mighty 404 bhp petrol unit powering the front wheels whilst the rear has a somewhat mild electric 17 bhp. It’s unknown what the petrol engine is exactly, but it’s likely to be a heavily tuned version of the 306 bhp 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder found in the GTI Clubsport S.

I can only imagine what a 421 bhp version would be like. It’s surely every modified car guy’s dream to have this at their disposal?

Elsewhere the GTI First Decade sports a number of other changes. The prominent blue livery is probably the most obvious addition, and is joined by a gloss black grille, Clubsport spoiler and 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside there’s only two front seats as the rear ones have been replaced by a 1,690-watt 11-speaker sound system, although they both come complete with a massage function for when the speakers aren’t vibrating your back enough.

Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade 2017 - Engine

The Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade hasn’t been made for production so naturally a price tag hasn’t been unveiled. Whilst it’s only be made for show, it’s not too unrealistic to expect some form of similar technology making its way into the car over the next decade.

My thoughts

I really want this Golf. I had a GTI Edition 30 six years ago that was tuned to 380 bhp and it’s still to this day one of the best cars I’ve ever owned, so I can only imagine what a 421 bhp version would be like. It’s surely every modified car guy’s dream to have this at your disposal?

It’s funny because when Toyota launched the Prius the petrolhead community laughed at the idea of a hybrid, but now we’re seeing them used in hypercars like the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari. The GTI First Decade may only be a show car, but the hybrid technology is a small step in the same direction. I think it’s only inevitable before all cars have some form of electric assistance in their car.

Volkswagen Golf GTI First Decade 2017 - Speakers

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