One of the most important premieres during this week Worthersee Festival was the Volkswagen Golf Dark Shine, a car that was designed and developed by VAG apprentices, with the help of VW designers and engineers.
The 13 Wolfsburg apprentices unveiled a sporty two-door Golf featuring a two-tone color scheme. The front is painted in dark Daytona Grey Metallic and the rear in unique R-yellow pearl effect – giving rise to the name "Dark Shine".
The team, with ages from 17 to 25-year-old, included a vehicle paint technicians (2), vehicle interior fitters (4), automotive mechatronics technicians (4), media designers (1) and process technicians specializing in plastics and rubber engineering (2).
Last fall, the 13 apprentices received a body in white in Wolfsburg. Over a period of about nine months, they then made optical and technical modifications to create their dream GTI on the basis of the standard Golf GTI Performance. The modified 2.0-litre TSI engine develops now 395 hp. Maximum torque of 487 NM is available at 4,700 rpm.
The stainless steel exhaust system with enlarged tailpipe trims is hand-crafted. The unique GTI also features a carbon air box. The intercooler and the control units for the engine and the DSG dual-clutch gearbox have been specially adapted.
The unique GTI features a high-end audio system with a total output of 3,500 Watts. Eight speakers in the passenger compartment and three subwoofers in the rear deliver sound that is both powerful and crystal clear. The sound system can be controlled from a tablet computer.