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New GTIs to debut at Wörthersee

2010-05-13 07:47

If you like football – and right now everybody does – you simply must have one of these GTI adidas models. Unfortunately only 4 410 are being sold, in Europe only.

Each year legions of VW hot hatch aficionados congregate around the placid Austrian Lake District near the Wörthersee.

Since 1982 all manner of GTI-monikered Volkswagens have been displayed and limited edition factory projects unveiled to the Wörthersee faithful. Back in 2007 VW showed off the mental Golf GTI W12 650, and in recent years subsidiaries Audi and Seat have made their presence felt at Wörthersee too.

VW takes the annual event quite seriously and always has a surprise or two on display for the Wörthersee show goers. This year Wolfsburg has teamed up with German sportswear giant Adidas to produce new limited-edition GTIs.

These two new GTIs making their debut at Wörthersee this week are the GTI adidas and a GTI Excessive adidas - and we kid you not, those are the real names and Adidas prefers their contribution to not be capitalised…

Excessive appeal?

In terms of specification the two new derivatives will not see any increase in output, opting for a host of design trinkets instead.

The GTI adidas will roll unique 18-inch alloys (a wheel change for the range, finally), Adidas cabin trim detailing and some Type R-like LEDs embedded in the rear light clusters.

Excessive spec adds fore and aft spoilers, side skirts and a motorsport derived front splitter. Semi-slick tyres will roll on 19-inch wheels as part of the Excessive redesign too, cueing real road racer intensions.

Dynamically the Excessive benefits from more rebound resistant springs at each wheel corner (and bigger brakes), a freer-breathing exhaust and more generous tracking widths front and rear. Production plans for the Excessive are unclear at this stage.

Beyond the two GTI Adidas fettled cars being on display at Wörthersee, this year’s event will gain some South African flavour too – courtesy of one of the last Citi Golfs ever built.

We expect the humble Citi to attract a disproportionate amount of attention from the Wörthersee faithful…

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