May 19, 2007 Volkswagen has unveiled a unique design study which is set to feature at the largest GTI festival in Europe this week. The GTI W12-650 mates a Golf GTI three-door bodyshell to a bespoke mid-mounted bi-turbo W12 650 PS engine channelling drive to the rear wheels. The potent Golf turns a standstill to 100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 201.8 mph. A very close relation to the motor that powers the Bugatti Veyron (it has 12 of the Veytron’s 16 cylinders), the 6.0 litre engine is made from aluminium to reduce weight further and features four valves per cylinder and two overhead camshafts per cylinder head. Extremely compact in design, measuring only 513 mm in length, 715 mm in height and 710 mm in breadth, it is effectively made up of a pair of narrow-angle V6 engines laid alongside each other. The engine is linked to a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
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