Aside from being rather pretty with its very slow slung body, futuristic squinty front end, trick multi-tier C-pillars, and butterfly doors (those won’t stop being cool, ever), the Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept packs a lot of go-faster tech as well.
It uses a three-motor drive system consisting of a WRC-derived 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 294hp that is aided by two electric motors located on each axle developing 114hp each. Working together, they produce a combined output of 395hp and 670Nm of torque.
That’s a lot of poke for the lightweight hatch and its predominantly carbon fibre body, and as a result it needs just 4.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h from standstill and is capable of a 280 km/h top speed when set in its most powerful “GTE mode”. All that performance doesn’t come with a fuel consumption concession, however, courtesy of its electric drive system, and in the NEDC cycle for plug-in hybrids, the GTE Sport Concept consumes a mere 2.0L/100km. Volkswagen say it bridges the gap between road cars and racing sports cars. It certainly makes a case for itself there.
Inside, the angles that are dressed on the cabin could possibly peel potatoes. It’s all very driver-centric and that angularity is meant to convey a sense of aggression and masculinity about the driving experience, as does the five-point harnesses. The GTE Sport Concept is strictly a two-seater – no rear seats and an elbow-level divider runs down the middle.
From the driver’s perspective, you’ll immediately notice the three-level digital gauge cluster that’s clearly taken inspiration from modern fighter jets and a futuristic steering wheel rounds off a very futuristic interior, and indeed, a futuristic Golf.