With the Golf GTE Sport, unveiled today at the GTI event at Lake Wörthersee, Volkswagen says it is “catapulting the GT tradition into the future”.
The futuristic-looking all-wheel drive 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 395 bhp.
At the front, accommodated in the engine compartment, is a 1.6 litre TSI adapted from the Polo R WRC. It delivers 295 bhp and maximum torque of 295 lb-ft.
The first of the two electric motors is also situated at the front, in the same housing as the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It develops 113 bhp and maximum torque of 243 lb-ft. The second electric motor is located at the rear with the same power output but torque of 199 lb-ft. The total torque of the drive system is 494 lb-ft.
In sporty “GTE mode” all three motors work together, giving the car a claimed standstill to 62 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph.
Volkswagen says the concept car is able to cover a distance of up to 31 miles on electric power alone.
Sitting on 20-inch alloy wheels, key external design features include gullwing doors that swing forwards in the style of the XL 1 and C-pillars with a two-level design originating from the 2007 Golf GTI W12-650.
On the inside are two monocoque-like areas separating the driver and passenger. Like in racing cars, they sit quite a long way to the back on racing bucket seats with five-point belts.