Setting popular beliefs on their heads is something we very much like to do here at autoevolution, which is why we're going to suggest the other concept in LA makes more sense. Say hello to the Golf GTI Roadster, which was never intended to go into production but definitely deserves to.
As you might have guessed from the GT logo on its side, this is another one of those Vision Gran Turismo concepts that is never supposed to go into production. But with almost 40 years behind it, the GTI brand deserves a car like this, one that gives access to the wind in your hair and a lady friend at your side, a poor man's supercar.
The GTI Roadster is actually more of a speedster, which means it's totally unsafe. Roll this thing over and your head will definitely hit the ground with deadly force. But how can you possibly roll something that's as low off the ground as a Lamborghini?
The time is definitely right to make a GTI roadster. Volkswagen had a similar idea a few years ago. It was called the BlueSport and it was supposed to go into production until Porsche decided to jump ship from the project. But the market has changed and now a turbocharged FWD roadster makes perfect sense, especially since the 2-liter TSI turbo of the GTI has the lowest lag of any big turbo engine in its class.
So how about it Volkswagen – can you chop the roof, lower the body and make the GTI powertrain dance topless? We think you can.