The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-29 June, nicknamed the ‘largest motoring garden party in the world’ is an opportunity for Volkswagen to show off some of their motoring wares, and also a chance for fans of the German car manufacturer to grab a look at some of the exciting performance models that Volkswagen have to offer in the company of many stars and ‘royalty’ of the motoring world.
Held in the grounds of Goodwood House, Sussex, the Festival of Speed has many motoring manufacturers in attendance with stands showing off what they feel that attendees to the Festival will want to see – and Volkswagen are no different.
One of the biggest attractions on the Volkswagen stand will undoubtedly be the UK debut of the radical GTI Roadster concept which recently was the star of the show at the annual gathering of GTI fans on the shores of Woerthersee in Austria last month. Originally the GTI Roadster concept was created as a virtual car to feature in the Sony PlayStation® 3 classic Gran Turismo 6 (GT6), and now it has emerged as a real car, with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo TSI engine that produces 503 PS, and 560 Nm, a seven-speed DSG gearbox, 4MOTION four-wheel drive, and a top speed of 190 mph following on from its 0-62mph sprint in just 3.6 seconds.
Visitors to the Volkswagen stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed will get the chance to actually drive the GTI Roadster and experience that acceleration first-hand, but not just anywhere! The Goodwood Festival of Speed is famous, not only for the cars that appear there, and the star-studded cast of motor legends, but mainly for the famous Goodwood hill climb. And you could be driving the car up that hill to try and be a record-breaker. (Of course, this will all be in the virtual world of GT6, which includes an actual detailed recreation of the Goodwood course, and you can drive the GTI Roadster on one of the three gaming pods on the Volkswagen stand. (The stand also has a draw every day to win a Sony PlayStation® 3 and a copy of GT6.)
But it’s not all about the GTI Roadster. There will be 5 other Volkswagens will also be on the stand.
There are UK Debuts for the revised Touareg luxury SUV in stylish R-Line form, and the forthcoming new Golf GTE – Volkswagen’s first performance plug-in hybrid – that combines all the practicalities of the normal Golf Hatchback with the ability to travel over 30 miles on battery alone, produce 204 PS combined from the turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor, accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 137 mph, and have economy figures of 188mpg and 35 g/km of CO2 emissions.
There’s the Volkswagen Polo WRC rally car – the four-wheel drive turbocharged machine that won last year’s manufacturer’s title at the first attempt.
There’s the (available now) powerful Golf R with its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 300 PS matched to 4MOTION four-wheel drive, can accelerate from start to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
And then there’s the world’s most energy-efficient production vehicle, the innovative, ultra-frugal XL1, that will be taking part in the hill climb (for real!), complete with its combined fuel consumption figure of 313 mpg and CO2 emissions of 21 g/km.
Almost makes going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed just to see the Volkswagen stand worth the entrance money!