The latest creation from Volkswagen arrived at the Worthersee Tour 2015 and it is the proof that the German manufacturer is catapulting the GT tradition into the future. Dubbed the VW Golf GTE Sport, the new concept is powered by a total of three motors, combined in a plug-in hybrid drive.
First of all, there is a 1.6-liter TSI (turbocharged direct-injection engine) adapted from the Polo R WRC (World Rally Car), producing 299 hp (220 kW) and 400 Nm of torque. In addition, the four-cylinder engine is assisted by two electric motors, one positioned at the front in the housing of the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, while the second is located at the rear.
The first electric motor produces 115 hp (85 kW) and 330 Nm of torque, while the second one produces 115 hp (85 kW) and 270 Nm. The total output delivered by the plug-in hybrid system is 400 hp (295 kW) and 670 Nm (495 lb-ft) of torque. In the GTE mode, when all three motors work together, the Golf GTE Sport is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds, while top speed is 280 km/h (174 mph).
Despite these impressive performances, fuel consumption is absolutely impressive and in the NEDC cycle the plug-in hybrid concept consumes just 2.0 l/100 km. According to Volkswagen, the Golf GTE Sport Concept is largely made of lightweight carbon while the design is inspired by the 2007 VW Golf GTI W12-650.
As you can see from the photos, the stylish C-Pillar is unique and VW says that it reached a degree of perfection that allows it to leave the show car stage and a bridge to the upcoming Golf GT models. Just like the XL1, the Golf GTE Sport Concept features gullwing doors and a large part of the side sill is integrated in the door cutout.
At the rear, there is a black carbon roof spoiler, a large air diffuser made of visible carbon with integrated round stainless steel trims of the twin-pipe exhaust system. Inside, we find two completely separate areas for the driver and passengers and just like in motorsport vehicles, racing bucket seats with five-point belts.
The instruments feature a new design and were specially coordinated for the configuration of the driver’s workspace. The clearly arranged multifunction switch for starting and stopping the hybrid drive and controlling the 6-speed DSG is ideally positioned to the right of the driver for easy access.