Volkswagen has followed up last year’s Vision Gran Turismo Speedster with the new GTI Supersport, a track-biased flight of fancy based on the seventh iteration of the Golf.
The digital supercar is powered by a 503bhp VR6 TSI engine, with 0-62 dispatched in only 3.6 seconds. The Supersport’s 685Nm of torque is handled by a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox and distributed by Volkswagen’s 4MOTION four-wheel drive system. Gamers will reach a top speed of 186mph on one of Gran Turismo’s 37 circuits while sat behind the virtual wheel.
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Sharing key design elements with the Mk7 Golf GTI, the Supersport uses the familiar red stripe extending through the grille and headlights and familiar hatchback silhouette. The famous honeycomb grille featured on lesser GTIs is also present. Gran Turismo fans can also purchase the car online in a variety of real-life VW colours, such as Lapiz Blue, Reflex Silver and Oryx White.
These visual tie-ins don’t extend to the vast roof spoiler, rear diffuser or 20in alloy wheels, however, marking out the Supersport’s unique performance bent.
The German manufacturer’s coupe joins similar offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz on the GT Vision store within Gran Turismo, which allows gamers to download wild concept cars from many different manufacturers.
The GTI Supersport Vision GT has a low centre of gravity and the use of carbon fibre elements is designed to make it one very lightweight machine, with a claimed power-to-weight ratio of 2.5kg per horsepower.
Potential buyers will be crestfallen unless they have a copy of Gran Turismo 6, though, as the car will only be available for the virtual world, with no plans for it ever to make production.
Volkswagen is no stranger to hotted-up Golfs, however, as in 2007 we got behind the wheel of the Golf W12-650 in real life. The 641bhp mid-engined, rear-wheel drive Golf was a mélange of parts from the VW Group, using the engine from the Bentley Continental GT, the gearbox from the VW Phaeton and the brakes from the Audi RS 4 at the front and Lamborghini Gallardo at the back. You can read what we thought about this scary hatchback here.