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Volkswagen presents Golf GTI Dark Shine concept

Built by apprentices, the Dark Shine boasts a 400-hp engine.

Volkswagen has introduced a new concept dubbed Golf GTI Dark Shine. Built by 13 young apprentices in Wolfsburg, Germany, the one-off GTI was presented to the public at the annual W├Ârthersee show in Austria.

Volkswagen explains the apprentices were tasked with designing a brand new concept from the ground up starting with a bare GTI shell. Built in nine months, the Dark Shine gets a two-tone yellow and black paint job, black concept-specific alloy wheels with yellow inserts and a tweaked body kit.

Inside, the GTI Dark Shine features leather-upholstered Recaro bucket seats, an Alcantara-wrapped multi-function steering wheel as well as yellow trim on the wheel, the center console and the instrument cluster. The apprentices have fitted it with a 3,500-watt eight-speaker sound system that can be controlled wirelessly using a tablet.

The Dark Shine boasts a tuned turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine that churns out 388 horsepower - over twice the output of a stock GTI - and 359 lb-ft. of torque. The concept is equipped with a modified six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, a hand-built exhaust system and a carbon fiber air box.

Volkswagen has traveled to the W├Ârthersee show to introduce a GTI-based concept built by its apprentices every year since 2008. The show cars have never been given the green light for production and there's no reason to believe the GTI Dark Shine will be an exception.

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