LA Auto Show: Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept

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Fans of the GTI with a desire to go green will find a lot to like in this Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept, with its fiery performance and zero emissions.

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What Is It?

The Golf GTE Sport Concept is a sports car with a conscious. As much as it can, it runs off the plug-in electricity of its two electric motors, in front and in the rear.

Then, in full power mode, the electric motors pair with the Sport Concept’s rally-derived turbocharged engine for claimed acceleration runs of 4.3 seconds from 0-62 mph and a top speed of 174 mph.

This is what’s possible when you combine GTI enthusiasm with the ethos of tailpipe-emission-free driving.

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What Volkswagen Says:

“The Golf GTE Sport Concept blurs the lines between road and motorsport vehicles, because it features the drivetrain, suspension, body and interior of a pure-bred sports car in combination with an advanced plug-in hybrid system that’s capable of zero-emission driving.”

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What’s New In This Concept:

  • Two electric motors and plug-in capability allows the GTE Sport Concept to run in zero-emission mode. Overall mileage is rated at 118 mpg
  • “E-Mode” has the Sport Concept capable of a 31-mile range, driven primary by the rear motor
  • “Hybrid” is the default mode, with typical gas-engine-charges-the-batteries hybrid operation
  • Pushing the “GTE” button engages the 1.6-liter TSI gas engine for total system horsepower of 395 hp. Combined torque rates at a staggering 494 lb.-ft.
  • Carbon fiber body construction
  • Unique interior with clearly defined areas for the driver and passenger

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When Will It Go On Sale?

We wish it were available now, but the Golf GTE Sport Concept is still just that, a concept.

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