Thursday 20 October 2016
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VW Golf GTI Clubsport, Golf GTE Sport Concepts

VW Golf GTI Clubsport, Golf GTE Sport Concepts

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear something about the Volkswagen Golf.  The automaker’s buzz-worthy car is racking up awards and has so many variations at this point that it snares headlines often.  And now this. Volkswagen’s unveiled both the VW Golf GTE Sport and the GTI Clubsport concepts at the annual GTI Meet taking place this month in Wörthersee, Austria.

GTI Clubsport Concept

First, let’s talk about the GTI Clubsport. This hot-rodded GTI was built to celebrate the nameplate’s 40th anniversary and it’s the most powerful near-production concept member of the club yet.  It packs an upgraded version of the stock version’s 2.0-liter turbo four with 261 horsepower on tap, about 40 more than a stock 2015 GTI. A  boost function increases power by 10-percent to 287 hp.

Design wise, it gets a new more muscular-looking front bumper, new side sills, a new and aerodynamically highly innovative roof-edge spoiler and a specially developed rear diffuser, that together significantly improves downforce. While the concept version has 19-inch alloys, the road-going version will reportedly be downgraded to an 18-inch set and should come with a black roof combined with an Oryx White body.

The best part is that VW actually plans to produce this one. It’s expected to on sale next year, no word yet though on if it’s coming to the U.S.

GTE Sport Hybrid Concept

Now let’s get to the GTE Sport Concept. It’s a looker, and a insanely powerful looker, too boasting a whopping 395 hp hybrid powertrain. It’s also the first Golf to get count ’em, three motors. It’s powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged TSI engine, helped along by two electric motors. The setup is good for a zero-to-62 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 174 mph. It can travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone.

It features an all-wheel drive, lightweight carbon body, optimum aerodynamic downforce and precision running gear based on the design of the current Golf GTE. The doors swing right up in the style of the XL 1.

Inside, it features a cabin with a racing style cockpit, complete with angular bucket seats and a digital instrument cluster. The cluster is arranged on three levels and tailored to motor racing. Also, there are two completely separate areas for the driver and passenger. Like in motorsport vehicles, they sit quite a long way to the back on racing bucket seats with five-point belts.

Photo Credit: Volkswagen