Golf GTE Concept
We end on last year’s Worthersee concept, the Golf ‘GTE’.
It features the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Polo R WRC car; an engine that has helped Volkswagen claim the WRC crown. It’s slotted up front under that long, swooping bonnet and packs 295bhp, and is backed up by a pair of electric motors.
One of these electric motors has been positioned up front, inside the housing of the six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, while the second sits on the rear axle. Yep, it’s an all-wheel-drive Golf. Both motors produce an equal 113bhp, but unequal torque: the front motor kicks out 243lb ft, the rear 199lb ft.
Total torque stands at 494lb ft, and Volkswagen assures us that wherever possible, the concept runs purely on electricity, up to a range of 31 miles.
Things get more interesting when you choose not to run purely on electricity, because when you select the ‘GTE’ mode, you get the full, banzai, 396bhp. That means 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. Now that’s a Golf.