If you’ve ever wondered what the Golf of the future might look like, check out this new plug-in hybrid concept from VW – the Golf GTE Sport. It can do 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds with a top track speed of, wait for it…174mph.
Under the hood are two electric motors (113hp at the front, 119hp at the rear), plus a 295hp 1.6liter TSI engine derived from the World-Rally Championship-winning Polo R WRC. In full pedal-to-the-metal mode, they can produce a combined 395hp and 494lb/ft of torque.
Despite the face-gurning performance, the Golf GTE Sport can still do 118mpg when it wants to, with a purely electric range of 31 miles.
The transmission is a six-speed DSG dual-clutch shiftable automatic and there’s even a fire-extinguisher system built in which, hopefully, you’ll never have to use.
On top of all that, the GTE Sport has a space-age new look (Well, we are in the space-age after all – Ed.).
Many of the elements are potential design cues for future VW vehicles, and whether they actually see the light of day will come down in large part to the reception they receive when the car goes on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.
One of the most eye-catching details is the C-Pillar, which features two levels that help direct air under the hubs to cool the rear brakes around the 20-in aluminum-alloy wheels. It also has gullwing doors. Because, you know…
The body is mostly made out of carbon-fiber to reduce weight, and carbon fiber detailing is also used on the wing mirrors, window frames, lower sill and top of the side sill.
There’s plenty of carbon fiber inside, too, and both the driver and passenger get their own little ‘cockpit’ thanks to a higher center console than normal. The racing bucket seats have five-point belts to keep you strapped in.
The Golf GTE Sport has three driving modes: E-Mode, Hybrid-Mode, or GTE mode (all systems go!) with the switch to choose between them located on the ceiling so you’ll feel like you’re in a jet-plane cockpit. Or the Millenium Falcon.
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