At this year's Wörthsee tuning festival, Volkswagen is showing off its vision for a high-performance, lightweight version of the Golf hatch. The Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept takes some ideas from the existing Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, but amps up the car's performance for track use.
The body of the Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport is made from carbon fiber, and while Volkswagen doesn't give a specific number, the new car is said to be significantly lighter than a regular Golf hatchback. The doors swing upwards, like on the tiny XL1 plug-in hybrid, and the car has a lower, more swept-back profile inspired by the GTI W12-650 concept car of 2007. LED headlights, a new front fascia with enlarged air intakes and a double-lip splitter, and a large rear spoiler continue the racy looks.
Inside, twin bucket seats are set far back in the car, and so the steering wheel protrudes far into the cabin. Other sporty touches include a trio of transparent displays for vehicle charge information, a lap timer, and even an overlay of the ideal driving line when the GTE Sport is on a race track.
The key to the car's performance is a high-performance plug-in hybrid system. The gasoline powerplant is the 1.6-liter turbo-four unit from Volkswagen's World Rally cars, in this case sending 295 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. An electric motor integrated into the transmission adds another 114 hp and 243 lb-ft, while a second electric motor powering the rear wheels is rated at 114 hp and 199 lb-ft. Working together, the engine and motors provide 395 hp and 494 lb-ft, enough to rocket the Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 174 mph.
Because it is a plug-in hybrid, however, the Golf GTE Sport can also drive on electricity alone for 31 miles, and in hybrid mode the car is claimed to return the equivalent of 117 mpg combined.
While the Golf GTE Sport is unlikely to enter production, the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport also revealed in Wörthersee will reach showrooms next year.