Volkswagen GTE Sport is a Sight to Worthersee


This is the Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport, a three-motor mini monster with 394 HP.

Volkswagen unveiled the concept today at Lake Wörthersee where it is also showcasing the GTI Clubsport. But beside the GTE Sport, that car seems conservative. The GTE Sport has a body made entirely from carbon fiber and a plug-in hybrid powertrain that uses two electric motors and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine borrowed from the Polo R WRC car.

The racing engine makes 294 HP on its own, but that number climbs by another 100 HP courtesy of an electric motor mounted inside the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and another at the rear axle. The system can create a combined 295 lb-ft of torque despite the small displacement engine because of the electric motors. Consequently the car offers all-wheel drive grip and acceleration with a claimed 0-62 MPH sprint of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174 MPH.

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But a carbon fiber body isn’t the only progressive design element in the GTE Sport. Far from it because the same upward swinging door design that the XL1 is in place here.

Things get even wilder inside. The cockpit consists of two seats that are separated in monocoque fashion that – according to Volkswagen – is helpful for track driving.

During those stints, the concept would probably be in “GTE” mode, it’s moss aggressive state where all three motors are working to their maximum potential. Otherwise, the car also offers a “hybrid” mode that uses regenerative braking to return power to its electrical system. If the battery is full, regenerative braking is disabled to let the car coast. Finally, there is also an “E” mode where the car will travel exclusively on electricity until the battery runs out of power after a maximum of about 31 miles.

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  • timothyhood

    OK, skip the expensive carbon fiber and all the electric motor stuff and just pop in the 2.0 turbo underneath this cool skin and sell it as the Scirocco or something.

  • danwat1234

    It wouldn’t get very good MPG that way. Electric motors have awesome torque

  • danwat1234

    Typo in article (I hope), in hybrid mode, the motors will regenerate electricity when you press on the brake pedal, and perhaps when you just aren’t pressing on any pedals at all like most cars because they will slightly regeneratively brake then.

    But in “GTE” mode, it will do that too when you press the brake pedal, it will regenerate. Regenerating when you are off the accelerator and off the brake may not happen so it coasts, but pressing on the brake I don’t know why it wouldn’t regenerate.
    Unless it’s to make the car have a more natural braking feel if they can’t make good synergy between the engine braking (if engine isn’t decoupled at the time), motor regenerating and physical brake pads (if you are braking hard enough). The Tesla Model S doesn’t do any more regenerative braking when you press the brake pedal, it just regenerates as much as you configure it to when you are off the pedals. The brake pedal just activates the physical brake pads.

  • Bruce Williams

    I wonder how well the IC motor and regenerative braking can keep the batteries charged after more than one or two laps if you like to do track days? With that much horsepower on tap, It may not be a problem.

  • timothyhood

    Yes, but we’re looking for a mid-20s to mid-30s car, not a 60k car.

  • danwat1234

    Yea it does cost more for the latest tech, so much more for a sporty plugin hybrid that it’s doubtful you’d ever have a ROI with the fuel savings.

    I have my eyes on a used Volt some years from now