For all the supercar fanatics out there, Volkswagen has unveiled another concept car in the form of the VW Golf GTE Sport Concept at the Worthersee event. This plug in hybrid hatchback takes everything about the hot-hatch segment and turns it up a notch. It’s a carbon bodied sports car concept that, according to the company, aims to bridge “the gap between road cars and racing sports cars.”
The VW Golf GTE Sport is like the Golf GTE which is already sold in Europe, but the similarities end there. When looking at the GTE Sport it’s hard to believe it’s actually a Golf. The sleek front end and minimal headlights are just one of the many features designed to help with aerodynamics. The doors swing upwards to open. Most of the body is made from carbon fiber to save weight. Aaaahh…..the engine, what a beauty, featuring a 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder one from the VW Polo R WRC rally car, and two electric motors. One motor is incorporated into the six-speed dual-clutch transmission and helps drive the front wheels, while the other is mounted in back to drive the rear wheels. The Golf GTE Sport can go from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds due to 395 horsepower and 494 pound feet of torque. It can drive to a top speed of 174 mph.
Volkwagen says the car can drive up to 31 miles solely on electric power. When operating as a hybrid, it can also “coast” with all of its power sources shut down when the driver lifts off the accelerator. There’s also a “GTE Mode” which gets as much power from the gasoline engine and electric motors as possible. When the battery charge is low, the gasoline engine is used as a generator to provide power for the rear electric motor, ensuring that all-wheel drive traction will be available any time the driver might need it.
The interior of the GTE Sport is pretty extreme. They split the two seater interior into two separate cabins. It has a racing seat ad carbon-fiber-weave five point harness. The driver grabs onto a butterfly steering wheel and also has access to buttons to his right that control the transmission, the drive mode, and other special controls. The exterior resembles the Golf, but the GTE Sports fine tunes it a bit. It has exposed carbon fiber on the roof, the lower door portions, the rear bumper, rear diffuser, the front splitter, and the mirror caps. It’s a concept car so don’t expect it to hit your local dealership any time soon.