One of the biggest surprises in Worthersee, the all new Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept is a futuristic approach for a compact car. The prototype uses a lot of carbon fibre and makes use of Volkswagen Polo R WRC engine and breaks down traditional barriers between road and motorsport vehicles.
The 1.6 litre TSI is accommodated in the engine compartment at the front of the car. It delivers 299 PS and maximum torque of 400 Nm. It is assisted by two electric motors. The engineers positioned the first electric motor at the front (in the housing of the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox). It develops 115 PS and maximum torque of 330 Nm. The second electric motor is located at the rear with the same power output but torque of 270 Nm.
The total torque of the drive system is 670 Nm. In sporty "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 280 km/h. Even so, the sports car consumes just 2.0 l/100 km/h. More than that, no Golf has ever had three motors before.
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 XL 1. The interior in carbon and microfibre consists of two completely separate areas for the driver and passenger. Like in motorsport vehicles, they sit quite a long way to the back on racing bucket seats with five-point belts.
The body of the Golf GTE Sport is largely made of lightweight carbon. The high-strength carbon body of the Golf GTE Sport therefore weighs much less than a comparable steel body. The side sill is framed by the new 20-inch alloy wheels fitted with tyres in format 235 at the front and 275 at the rear.