Volkswagen unveiled a concept Sport version of the Golf GTE PHEV at a recent festival in Austria. Featuring a carbon fiber body and a three-motor AWD system, the Golf GTE Sport does 60 in 4.3 seconds, boasts a top speed of 174 mph, and offers an electric range of 31 miles.
The powertrain includes a 1.6-liter TSI turbocharged direct-injection gas engine adapted from VW’s Polo R World Rally Car, plus two 85 kW electric motors – one in front, integrated into the housing of the 6-speed transmission, and another at the rear. Total power is 295 kW (396 hp).
In E-Mode, the rear electric motor provides propulsion. When the battery pack reaches its pre-defined minimum charge, the GTE Sport switches to Hybrid mode. The driver can manually activate E-Mode whenever the battery has sufficient charge, and can also invoke Battery Hold, which holds charge level constant, or Battery Charge mode, which increases charge level.