For more than three decades, the south bank of Lake Wörthersee in Austria has become the home for GTI fans from around the world. And it has long since become a tradition for Volkswagen – the inventor of the GTI – to present an automotive surprise for the 200,000+ visitors.
In 2015 it is the concept Golf GTE Sport with its carbon body and completely new cockpit design, which VW engineers and designers will hope showcase the future GTI. The high-tech Golf that is largely made of carbon is powered by a total of three motors combined in a plug-in hybrid drive with system power of 396 HP. The concept also has the ability at the press of a button to cover a distance of up to 30 miles on electric power alone.
The 1.6 litre TSI is adapted from the Polo R WRC, VW’s two times World Rally Championship winning car, and it delivers 295 HP. The engineers positioned the first electric motor at the front (in the housing of the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox) and it develops 113 HP. The second electric motor is located at the rear of the car with the same power output. The total torque of the three engine drive system is 494lb ft. In “GTE mode” all three motors work together, giving the all-wheel-drive Golf GTE Sport a standstill to 100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 170+ mph.
“The concept car breaks down traditional barriers between road and motorsport vehicles,” say Volkswagen.
Balanced for the Nürburgring north loop, the concept of the Golf GTE Sport has been designed so that the car is at home in both normal road traffic and racetrack conditions. Accordingly, the drive, suspension, body and interior all follow the principle of a pure-bred sports car. The drive system offers maximum agility, the suspension displays maximum neutrality in interaction with the all-wheel drive, the carbon body is lightweight and with its balanced aerodynamics it virtually adheres to the road. The driver ergonomics bridge the gap to motor racing, and with optimum weight distribution and a low center of gravity.
The driver and passenger board the two-seater interior of the Golf GTE Sport through doors that swing right up in the style of the Volkswagen XL1. The interior consists of two completely separate areas for the driver and passenger.
Don’t expect the GTE Sport to hit your local Volkswagen dealership anytime soon, but it’s safe to say that at least the drivetrain details give a glimpse at what Volkswagen has up its sleeve for the near future.
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