VW Golf GTE Concept featured at 2017 Worthersee Tour

Article by Christian A., on May 29, 2017

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.

For now, the German marque is still mum regarding the vehicle's interior, but it did reveal the leather wrapped sports steering wheel that was custom built just for the GTE concept. It also boasts of Alcantara touches that involve blue'12'oclock marking to subtly symbolize that the vehicle is equipped with a hybrid powertrain. The said hybrid car features a 1.4 L turbocharged engine and this motor will produce an outstanding 272hp (200 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) compared to the previous 204hp (150 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft).

Currently, the specific details of the Golf GTE's performances have not been known to the public, but the needed power boost is expected to reduce a few tenths of a second from the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph), compared to the road cruising unit that requires a longer 7.6 seconds. The top speed is also anticipated to be bumped further as well from the series 138 mph (222 kph) to make it into a hot hatch from the new gen of electrification.

A couple of years ago at Worthersee, the German marque introduced the identically named Golf GTE Sport that was considered a swankier concept with a vastly different frame, and is fitted with a 1.6 L TSI based on the Polo R WRC working jointly with a set of electric motors. The 1.6 L engine can produce 290hp (220 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

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