Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Volkswagen | posted March 03, 2015 07:58
Combines the best elements of a coupe, hatchback and sedan
Volkswagen is all set to unveil the Sport Coupé Concept GTE at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show ushering in a new era of design and mobility for the German brand.
The VW Sport Coupé Concept GTE uses a plug-in hybrid system to complement the turbocharged 3.0L TSI V6 direct-injection engine with 299PS and 500Nm of torque. Lithium-ion batteries power the 54PS front motor integrated in the 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and the 115PS rear electric motor, which combined with the engine, delivers a total output of 379PS.
With the V6 unit only, the VW Sport Coupé Concept GTE is a front-wheel drive vehicle but with the electric motors working, the power can be sent to all four wheels.
In the sporty GTE mode, the 249 kph coupé accelerates from zero to 100 kph in just 5.0 seconds while still providing a combined fuel consumption of 50 kilometers per liter. An all-electrical drive, with zero emissions, will go as far as 51 kilometers.
The concept car is 191.7 inches long with an long wheelbase of 118.9 inches, creating an interior that is 73.7 inches long, as well as short body overhangs: 35.8 inches at the front and 44.1 inches at the back. Its low height (55.4 inches), impressive width (73.4 inches) and large 21-inch wheels give it a certain amount of presence.
The radiator grille, headlights and VW badge noticeable merge in a three-dimensional way as part of the new design philosophy of the brand and as a fastback is has a distinctly flattened curve from the A-pillar all the way to the rear.
Also sporting a 3D appearance are the LED taillights that uses glossy black elements that make them appear to be hovering at night, creating an unique light signature.
Inside, the Sport Coupé Concept GTE uses an extremely clean design, matchless ergonomics and new interactive interfaces between human and machine including using the driver's biometric data via a smartwatch or armband.
The instrument cluster has a 12.3-inch diagonal display and is a prototype of a newly conceptualized Active Info Display with 3D graphics while a 10.1-inch diagonal touchscreen is used for the central infotainment system and a 12.3-inch touchscreen in the second row serves as a media control module to handle media library, telephone and navigation. There are monitors embedded in the back of the front seats for viewing of the desired media or information.
The Volkswagen Sport Coupé Concept GTE will be positioned above the Volkswagen CC.
“Evolution and revolution come together in the Sport Coupé Concept GTE. This concept is based on Volkswagen design DNA, which has been visibly sharpened even more. It shows how the highest-volume brand of our Group is shaping the immediate future,” says Walter de Silva, Head of Design of Volkswagen AG.
“This breathtakingly dynamic coupé is unlike any other to appear in this class. The design of the Sport Coupé Concept GTE is an impressive alternative to the classic sedans of the B and C segments—it has the style of a sport coupé that is enriched by the functionality of a large hatchback and the interior space of a sedan.” Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand, adds: “The Sport Coupé Concept GTE is another milestone of expressive design. With this concept car, Volkswagen is not only showing a new model’s design, but also initial glimpses of a new design era,” said Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Development.