Worthersee meet: VW Golf GTI Heartbeat is apprentice-built and packs 400 hp image

The Nurburgring FWD record-holder VW Golf GTI Clubsport S might be the main attraction at the Worthersee eeting, but its 310 hp engine is certainly not the most powerful in a Golf at the event.

That’s because VW officially displays something else there as well. We’re talking about the bespoke Golf GTI Heartbeat, which packs 400 hp under the hood. This is also interesting because it has been built by apprentices. Anyways, VW is acting all mysterious on us because they’re not tipping us to what’s delivering that insane power level. The automaker said the car has been developed starting from the Golf GTI Performance, so chances are the ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine is still there. Anyways, this one-off Heartbeat is another neat way to celebrate the GTI’s 40th anniversary and was crafted in less than nine months.

Worthersee meet VW Golf GTI Heartbeat is apprentice-built and packs 400 hp 7

The project was conducted by apprentices aged between 20 and 26 training in five different vocations and they opted for a reflex silver metallic body paint. There’s also a dark grey foil for the roof and front end to make sure no one mistakes it as a standard Golf GTI. There are also bright tornado red accents with matches inside the cabin and we also noticed the 20-inch BBS set with custom paintwork done specifically for the one-off GTI. Inside, the apprentices eschewed the rear bench and opted to fit inside the trunk a 1,360-watt audio system featuring seven speakers, engraved glass covers, and LED lighting.