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VW's Wörthersee concepts are high-tech performers

Even crazier is that nobody responsible for these concepts was over the age of 24.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
Andrew Krok
VW Worthersee Concepts
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VW Wörthersee Concepts

Volkswagen on Wednesday unveiled two concepts prior to their official debut at the Wörthersee festival in Germany.     

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VW Wörthersee Concepts

The cars occupy two very different segments, but the end result is the same.   

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VW Wörthersee Concepts

Each is a concept car putting out some decent power while packing some interesting secrets. Let's take a look at both.

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VW Golf Estate R FighteR concept

This Golf R wagon has its 2.0-liter engine tuned to produce a proper 400 horsepower, which is routed to all four wheels through a seven-speed transmission.

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VW Golf Estate R FighteR concept

Tucked away on the roof is a 360-degree camera system that VW used to record a hot lap around the Sachsenring. Wörthersee attendees will be able to watch the lap inside the vehicle using VR glasses.    

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VW Golf GTI Aurora concept

The VW Golf GTI Aurora concept is the brainchild of apprentices working at Volkswagen's Wolfsburg facility.     

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VW Golf GTI Aurora concept

Under the hood of the GTI Aurora is a 2.0-liter gasoline inline-4 putting out 380 horsepower.    

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VW Golf GTI Aurora concept

Flip up the tailgate, and in addition to a roll cage and a custom subwoofer mount, you'll find a hologram generator.   

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VW Golf GTI Aurora concept

VW claims that the hologram interface is what connects people to the car's sound system.   

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VW Golf GTI Aurora concept

VW also claims that it truly does "float" above the hologram module.

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VW Golf GTI Aurora concept

Since these are obviously renderings, I'll hold my applause until I see such a system working in front of my face.

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VW Golf GTI Aurora concept

Nevertheless, if VW really did pull this off, that's wild.    

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