Hybrid cars may have started out as a way of making conventional petrol and diesel cars more environmentally friendly, but manufacturers are increasingly using the technology to increase the performance of their models, without the downside of increased fuel consumption and emissions.

Volkswagen is the latest manufacturer to showcase its future vision for fast hybrids, in the form of the Golf GTE Sport concept, which was unveiled last week at a VW fan event in Austria.

Boasting a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine – from the brand’s Polo World Rally car, no less – mated to a brace of electric motors, this futuristic concept can get from 0-62mph in a claimed 4.3 seconds, and will romp on to a top speed of 174mph, thanks to a total power output of 395bhp.

Despite its prodigious performance, Volkswagen claims the GTE Sport is capable of a combined 141.2mpg – thanks largely to its ability to run for up to 30 miles on its battery pack alone.

Both the interior and exterior styling is as futuristic as you’d hope from a cutting edge design study. The bodywork – including its butterfly-style doors, are made from carbon fibre, while the cabin boasts aggressive bucket seats, a high-tech digital dash and a steering wheel that looks like it’s been lifted straight from the Batmobile.

Impressed with the GTE Sport? Don’t go cancelling that Porsche order just yet, as it’s unlikely to make it into production in its current guise. You can, however, search for a regular Volkswagen Golf here.

Daljinder Nagra


May 18, 2015

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