Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Newspress UK, Volkswagen | posted September 17, 2015 08:48
Golf GTE Sport concept features a lightweight carbon body
The Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept has arrived at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Initially, the Golf GTE Sport concept made its debut during the traditional GTI meeting in Worthersee, Austria last May.
The German automaker says the Golf GTE Sport concept is “catapulting the GT tradition into the future” as the vehicle “bridges the gap between road cars and racing sport cars.” The body of the Golf GTE Sport concept is mostly made of lightweight carbon and features an aggressive styling.
Up front, the Golf GTE Sport concept is fitted with slim LED headlights, a vented hood, a large bumper, a high-gloss black air intake and a blue crossbar running across the whole width of the front. Turning at the side, you can see the concept's wide wheel arches, distinctive wheels and sharp character lines.
The rear of the Golf GTE Sport concept has LED taillights, a black carbon roof spoiler and a sporty bumper. In addition, the concept comes with a large diffuser, round stainless steel twin-pipe exhaust system and a carbon splitter.
Volkswagen says the Golf GTE Sport concept features a cocoon-like interior. The cabin is made of carbon and microfiber materials. It has racing bucket seats with five-point belts and an ergonomically arranged multifunction switch.
The Golf GTE Sport concept is equipped with a 1.6-liter TSI turbocharged direct-injection engine adapted from the Polo R WRC (World Rally Car) that delivers 299 PS and 400 Nm of torque. It also has two electric motors: one in the front (housed next to the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox) generating 115 PS and 330 Nm while the other motor is located at the rear producing 115 PS and 270 Nm.
With that in mind, Volkswagen says the Golf GTE Sport concept has a total power output of 400 PS and 670 Nm of torque. The German automaker claims that the Golf GTE Sport concept can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 280 km/h.