Volkswagen Brazil unveiled a Gol GT Concept at the ongoing Sao Paulo motor show. In Brazil, the Gol hatchback received a facelift just recently. The new Gol now looks a lot similar to the Polo sold in India and Europe. That explains the uncanny resemblance of the Gol GT Concept to the Polo GTI which was launched in India just recently.
The Gol GT Concept has two doors just like the Polo GTI, along with many styling cues like the mesh grille, a red strip in the grille that extends into the headlamp, tail lamp design, dual left sided exhaust tips, and the rear spoiler. Beyond these similarities, the Gol GT Concept is very aggressive and sporty.
The concept car sports a dynamic body kit that integrates several aero components and is finished in a unique ‘grey volcano’ metallic paint job. It gets an imposing bumper upfront with integrated LED daytime running lights and big air vents. The sharp glossy splitters are lined in lava-red highlight and so are the ORVMs. The GT Concept sits on 18-inch Serron wheels. There are GT badges and decals on the side. At the rear, the bumpers integrate sporty diffusers and black tinted tail lamps.
Inside, the interior also sports the black and red theme. With a black cabin and an assortment of red inserts on the sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel, door panels, air-con vents, and upholstery stitching. Aluminium foot pedals, sports seats, and GT badging are all evocative of the Golf and Polo GTI siblings.
No revelation has been made by the manufacturer about what will be under the hood if the car makes it to production. But it is speculated that German manufacturer’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engine, making 123bhp and 200Nm mated to a manual or DSG gearbox, is most likely to be plonked in the car if it is confirmed for production.
The Gol GT Concept is said to have been created by Volkswagen Brazil to strengthen the emotional relationship customers share with the brand’s sportier models. Volkswagen’s design executive, Jose Carlos Pavone, said, “The concept goes to the essence, at the beginning of the GT legend, with a current and modern language that translates all the sportiness of the Volkswagen brand. The GT Concept captures the look of a child for a sporty model. It is a gift to the fans of the brand and this new generation of automobile enthusiasts. There is a lot of logic and precision not only in style but also in all surface treatment and project execution”