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Volkswagen of America, Inc. will show the Golf GTE Sport concept plug-in hybrid (earlier post) for the first time in North America at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Unveiled at the annual Wörthersee festival in Austria earlier this year, the concept features a carbon fiber body and a three power unit, all-wheel drive system.

The 295 kW (396 hp) Golf GTE Sport accelerates from 0 - 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds, has a top speed of up to 280 km/h (174 mph), yet offers fuel consumption of just 2.0 l/100 km/h (118 mpg) on the NEDC cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles. All-electric range is up to 50 km (31 miles).


The 1.6-liter TSI engine is adapted from the two-time World Rally Championship winning Polo R WRC and delivers 295 horsepower and maximum torque of 295 lb-ft (400 N·m). The four-cylinder engine is assisted by two electric motors, one in the front of the car and one in the rear.

The front motor develops 113 horsepower and maximum torque of 243 lb-ft (329 N·m), while the rear motor has the same power output and 199 lb-ft (270 N·m) of torque: the total system torque is 494 lb-ft (670 N·m).

Wherever possible, the concept car operates as an electric vehicle. In sporty “GTE mode” all three motors work together.

The car’s silhouette features C-pillars with a unique two-level design. This C-pillar treatment is not only dynamic from a design standpoint—with the vehicle taking an hourglass shape from front to back—but also functional, as the airstream flows between the two levels and contributes to the aerodynamic downforce and cooling for the rear brakes.



I'm not impressed. Bring the full on eGolf over here, make it available in all 50 states with a 150-200 mile real world range and we can talk.

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