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2018 BMW M8 GTE is the perfect mix of technology and tradition, set to make Le Mans comeback

The 2018 BMW M8 GTE is probably the automaker’s top of the range model for the international GT racing scene. That’s why there’s no better venue to launch it than at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).

We know that the 8 Series Coupe will go on sale after completing the track next season. It will first head to the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) following its appearance at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA).

The BMW M8 GTE that is currently on display at Frankfurt is an indication of innovative and cutting-edge technology. It came with a BMW M Sport livery, which was specially designed for this occasion. This also gives us a preview of what’s to come in 2018.

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VW Golf GTE Concept featured at 2017 Worthersee Tour

Volkswagen's yearly Worthersee affair that happens in Austria is considered a hotbed for all types of cars from the German company's long and renowned history. Most of the gathering features modified vehicles that have been crafted by its owners with much passion, but when the German automaker itself will join the modification game, it pretty much translates to interesting outputs. For this year, VW has finally divulged the anticipated details of the 2 cars that will be displayed at the said affair- an estate version of GTE hybrid and the over 400hp Golf GTI that bears the label "First Decade".

Hybrid vehicles seem to be the main course for Volkswagen at the Worthersee event, as after displaying the electrified GTI First Decade and Golf FTE Estate ImpulsE creation, the guys from Wolfsburg also showed the Golf GTE Concept. The one-off version will show off a solid paint based on the currently modified production model, and it have a rather unique name.

Dubbed the Electric White Mother of Pearl Effect, this look is further highlighted by its black and blue finish. It also boasts of 2 tone 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels that have an identical black and blue motif, further supported with bulky 17-inch perforated discs fitted with calipers that has been painted in GTE Blue. The diffuser and the twin exhaust tips were procured from the GTI hot hatch, and the roof-mounted rear spoiler was from the hotter Golf GTI Clubsport.

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BMW confirms that an M8 and M8 GTE are on their way

BMW just keeps on getting bigger and bigger, in terms of their lineup I mean. Just after unveiling the 8 Series Concept, they are now teasing us with an M8 variant. As of now, the closest we have to the M8 variant are just camouflaged photos and a video since BMW won’t give out any information just yet.

The camouflaged variant looks similar to the 8 series in terms of design, but it comes with the signature trimming we have expected on the M’s go-fast models. Though we know that this isn’t at all close to the final production version, note that it has enlarged air intakes in the fascia, enlarged wheels with low profile tires, brake calipers finished in blue, and at the rear end are quad exhausts.

BMW M Division president, Frank van Meel, said that the upcoming BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and feature enhanced track ability and “generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility”. He added that it flows into a driving experience that has the highly recognizable BMW M hallmarks” and that meets the most challenging demands of its customers.

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Aston Martin Racing gears up for the 2016 season, reveals V8 Vantage GTE

It seems 2016 is a busy and exciting year for Aston Martin Racing as it reinvents itself for this racing season. Specifically, it plans to utilize its latest V8 Vantage GTE challenger along with two new partnerships: the energy conglomerate TOTAL and tyre expert Dunlop.

The V8 Vantage GTE Challenger - a proven track record: This car has seen a lot of races and has never wavered in its performance. It will be its 12th year running and Aston Martin Racing plans to use a three-car campaign this season for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The three-car team will be composed of a single entry in GTE Am and two cars for the GTE Pro class. Indeed, the three entries will be expected to add to the team’s 23 overall wins in FIA WEC, which is currently the uncontested record.

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Attendees to the 2016 North American International Auto Show are in for a treat, because Volkswagen has unveiled a brand-new SUV during the event. This is the Tiguan GTE Active Concept, which features a dual-motor hybrid system coupled with a gas-powered conventional engine.

This means that the new GTE Active Concept features not just one, but two electric motors! In addition, the new Tiguan SUV features a push button start up system, and a four-wheel drive, which ensures excellent performance even in off-road conditions.

After debuting in the NAIAS, the GTE Active Concept is due to hit dealerships in the United States next year. According to Volkswagen, it will be the first of a line of new vehicles that will be introduced into various markets including North America.

Read the entire article VW Tiguan GTE Active Concept makes its debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen of America has the Golf GTE Sport concept on display at the 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show. This will be the first time for Volkswagen’s concept car to be shown in North America. The main highlight of the Golf GTE Sport is that it combines the best features of vehicles that are suited for both the road and for motorsport.

For example, its exterior and interior show it to be a sports car. The same is true of its suspension and drivetrain. However these are all offered with a plug-in hybrid system that allows for zero-emission when driving.

The Golf GTE Sport is equipped with the 1.6-liter TSI engine that is mainly based on what powered the two-time winner of the World Rally Championship, the Polo R WRC. As such, it can deliver as much as 295 horsepower with 295 pound-feet of maximum torque.

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Volkswagen took the covers off its first plug-in hybrid SUV at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. This Tiguan GTE is indicative of where the brand intends to take the Tiguan in the future. Exhibited as a concept vehicle, the Tiguan GTE is capable of generating a system power of 160 kW / 218 PS.

When in the all-electric mode, it can be driven up to 50 km in "E-Mode" with absolutely no emissions. It has a combined fuel consumption of an average of 1.9 l/100 km with a CO2 emissions rating of 42 g/km. Its driving range as an electric vehicle is quite long as it gains from being equipped with a lithium-ion battery (which can be charged externally up to 13.0 kWh) and the first-of-its-kind solar module that is built into the roof.

The energy generation from this module is dependent on the regional solar radiation power but with the ideal conditions, it can generate as much as 1,000 km of driving range annually. Conditions in Germany may cause it to produce energy for a 500 km drive while in Southern Europe, it can go as high as 800 to 1,000 km.

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Aston Martin Racing has unveiled the Gulf #97 Vantage GTE – a 24 Hours of Le Mans art car that designer Tobias Rehberger created. Last June 8, it was revealed to the public at the official race scrutineering in the town centre. What makes this vehicle stand out is that even when it’s static, it offers the illusion of movement and speed.

Rehberger has been the recipient of multiple awards around the world, one of which is the Golden Lion for best artist at the 2009 Venice Biennale. The German artist is famous for creating abstract art and optical effects that distort perception. He was asked by Aston Martin Racing to design a livery that would work with the Gulf Vantage GTE’s lines and colours as had never been done before.

It was 30 years ago that the first art car joined the 24-hour race. Rehberger will attend the race this Saturday as a guest of Aston Martin Racing. He said that his design is rooted in his interest in distorted perception and related phenomena such as auto moving patterns, optical effects, camouflage and visual confusion.

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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).

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Volkswagen wants to take advantage of China’s incentives for NEVs (New Energy Vehicles) and intends to release a production variant of the C Coupe GTE plug-in hybrid concept, which will be the brand’s flagship for its low-emissions range. VW Group is adding to its lineup of alternative-powertrain models that will be eligible for the government’s incentives that aim to cut air pollution in its cities.

Subsidies will be given to sales of vehicles that are able to drive in zero-emissions mode for at least 50km. The models that qualify are battery-powered EVs, plug-in hybrids that use both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, and fuel cell vehicles. When VW Group starts making this C-Coupe GTE production version, it will be one of its over 15 locally built up low-emissions vehicles in China.

Among these are the Passat GTE and Audi A6L e-tron plug-in hybrids. These two models will begin production in 2016 in China. Beginning this year, VW will bring in the Golf GTE plug-in. Imported versions of VW’s electric Golf and electric Up minicar are already sold in China.

Read the entire article VW Group to launch C Coupe GTE plug-in hybrid production version in China

At Auto Shanghai 2015, Volkswagen introduced its latest four-door concept car for the Chinese market – the new C Coupe GTE. It measures five meters long and gives off a sense of passion, exclusivity, and perfection. Powered by a state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid drive system, the C Coupe GTE can deliver a combined 500 Newton metres of system torque.

The approach taken by Volkswagen on this progressive C Coupe GTE reflects what the designs will be like for its upcoming future saloons. It has a contemporary form that serves to impress. It has a long bonnet that gives the car a confident stance and from the side, it boasts of elegant lines, a set of low-profile windows, and a two-line horizontal character line.

The width of the car is emphasized when looking at the rear. The C Coupe GTE is equipped with a plug-in hybrid drive system that’s one of the most sophisticated in the world. It is composed of a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with four cylinders, an electric motor integrated in the gearbox module, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and a lithium-ion battery.

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The 2015 Geneva Motor Show saw the premiere of the Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE, a vehicle that previews the upcoming Passat CC. The four-door, four-seat concept shows a progressive design and looks just like an exclusive sports car. The concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive, which includes a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine as well as two electric motors.

The total output delivered by the plug-in hybrid drive is 380 hp (279 kW), while combined fuel consumption is just 2.0 litres per 100 km and average CO2 emissions are just 46 g/km.. The petrol engine and front electric motor deliver the power to the front wheels, while the rear electric motor powers the rear wheels via an electronic proshaft.

Although Volkswagen didn’t offer any specs, we expect the concept to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 5 seconds, while top speed would be limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. Using just the electric motors and the energy stored in the lithium-ion battery, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE is able to offer an all-electric range of 50 km or 31 miles.

Read the entire article 2015 Geneva: VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE debuts showing exclusive sports car design

As you may know already, Volkswagen will start production of its seven-seater mid-size SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the end of 2016, but until this model arrives, the German manufacturer revealed a new concept that previews the upcoming vehicle. Dubbed VW Cross Coupe GTE Concept, the new crossover was showed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and according to the chief designer at VW it is the ambassador of a new design language developed for the United States.

Wearing a Grand Pacific Glacier blue finish, the Cross Coupe GTE features a clear and logical line structure. As you can see form the photos, the headlights, turn signals and radiator grille merge together, while the two aluminum bars form the basic structure of the radiator grille.

Moreover, the design of the lower air inlet is as striking as that of the radiator grille. Seen from the side, the A-pillar is set a long way back, while the sloped C-pillar gives the design a sporty yet rugged appearance. At the rear we find trapezoidal LED taillights as well as a skidplate with an integrated diffuser that forms the major design element at the back.

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Next to the XL Sport, Volkswagen brought at the 2014 Paris Motor Show the all-new Passat (B8) GTE a.k.a. the plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Passat. This new model is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that pumps out 156 hp (115 kW) at 5,000 rpm, combined with an electric motor that develops 85 kW or 115 hp.

The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 218 hp (160 kW) and 400 Nm of torque, which is enough to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 8.0 seconds, while top speed is 136 mph or 219 km/h.

Using just the electric motor and the energy stored in the lithium-ion battery, the Passat GTE offers a range of up to 31 miles or 50 km at speeds of up to 80 mph or almost 130 km/h. With a full 50-liter fuel tank and a fully charged battery, the Passat GTE offers a range of over 620 miles or almost 1,000 km.

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Ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its all-new Passat GTE a.k.a. the plug-in hybrid version of their Passat B8. Available in both Sedan and Variant versions, the Passat GTE follows the same recipe as the Golf GTE and uses a hybrid system consisting of a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that delivers 156 hp (115 kW) and is bolted to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission as well as an electric motor with 115 hp (85 kW) and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque.

The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 218 hp or 160 kW. As a result, the Passat GTE accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 8 seconds, with a top speed limited at 220 km/h or 137 mph.

Regarding the fuel consumption, Volkswagen says that its Passat GTE will need around 2.0 l/100 km (combined) or 141 mpg and 13.0 kWh/100 km, while CO2 emissions are just 45 g/km. Due to the low fuel consumption, the Passat GTE will qualify for the French challenge of having the 2 l/km cars by 2020. This means that with a full tank of fuel (50 liters) and a fully charged lithium-ion battery, the Passat GTE promises a range of 1,000 km or 622 miles.

Read the entire article 2015 VW Passat GTE is the German version of the 2 l/100 km French cars

Gold has officially become the model that offers a full range of conventional and alternative powertrains, with the addition of the 2014 VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid. Set to make its world debut next month at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Golf GTE is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI engine that delivers 148 hp but also by an electric motor rated at 101 hp.

The electric motor takes its power from a high-voltage 8.8 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that weights 265 pounds and can be charged from a socket located behind the VW logo in the radiator grille. The hybrid system found on the Golf GTE delivers a total output of 201 hp and a maximum torque of 258 lb ft or 350 Nm. Using a six-speed DSG automatic transmission developed especially for hybrid vehicles, the Golf GTE sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 135 mph or 217 km/h.

Fuel consumption is low as the Golf GTE needs only 1.8 liters of fuel to travel for 100 km and emits only 35 g/km of CO2 (157 mpg UK or 130 mpg US). As a result, it has a range of 940 km or 584 miles.

Read the entire article Geneva Preview: 2014 VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid is a mix between GTI and GTD