The Golf GTI Heartbeat is the ninth GTI project vehicle of Volkswagen Vocational Training to be presented by apprentices and made its world debut at the Wörthersee meeting. The 12 trainees from Volkswagen and Sitech Sitztechnik presented their Golf GTI Heartbeat in Austria at the international meeting of GTI fans.
The Golf GTI Heartbeat, has 394bhp, or a nice round 400ps, the engine was taken from the Golf R, but with a 33 per cent power hike applied to it. Further enhancements to the Heartbeat include fantastic engine sounds, a contrasting color scheme, a honeycomb design and heartbeat symbols as well as a powerful sound system.
The unique GTI is based on a standard Golf GTI Performance1 and was created in slightly less than nine months on the basis of ideas developed by apprentices aged between 20 and 26 training in five different vocations.
The two-door sports Golf is painted in reflex silver metallic with the roof and front end covered in a contrasting dark grey foil. GTI honeycombs in bright tornado red with contrasting dark and light grey provide further design accents. In addition, an individual high-gloss body kit and 20-inch wheels featuring wide tires on BBS aluminum rims with exclusive paintwork.
On the inside the front of the passenger compartment is dominated by two folding bucket seats from the Golf GTI Clubsport S, decorated by a crystal grey embroidered “40“ emblem on the headrest. On the back rests you find honeycomb perforations with a red background which are repeated on the door insets. Heartbeat symbols on continuous lines decorate the strips above the door trims and the trim strip below the glove compartment. Instead of rear seats and luggage space, the rear end of the car features a high-end sound system with 1,360 watts from seven speakers and a special HIFI system with LED lighting and engraved glass covers.
The Golf GTI Heartbeat bears witness to the high-quality practically oriented training provided by Volkswagen. From the initial idea to today’s world premiere before tens of thousands of GTI enthusiasts at Maria Wörth, the five women and seven men planned almost every step themselves. After discussing many ideas and techniques, they opted for the emotional Heartbeat concept.
They are training to be vehicle interior fitters, vehicle paint technicians, automotive mechatronics technicians, a technical product designer and a process technician specializing in plastics and rubber engineering. By working on the Volkswagen Vocational Training project, the young talents gained considerable specialist expertise and skill and grew into a strong team together with project manager Holger Schülke.