VW Presents PHEV Sport Coupé Concept GTE

Volkswagen will reveal the plug-in hybrid Sport Coupé Concept GTE at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.

The concept combines a new design language for the brand with different directions Volkswagen intends to take its plug-in hybrid powertrains, identified with the GTE designation.

“This breathtakingly dynamic coupé is unlike any other to appear in this class,” said Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Development. ‘The design of the Sport Coupé Concept GTE is an impressive alternative to the classic sedans of the B and C segments—it has the style of a sport coupé that is enriched by the functionality of a large hatchback and the interior space of a sedan.”

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Volkswagen’s GTE models currently offered can be driven approximately 32 miles in all-electric mode and the Sport Coupé Concept GTE can also do so. This 374-horsepower GTE fastback concept delivers, in the words of Volkswagen, “the long-distance properties of a Gran Turismo while simultaneously enabling zero-emission driving, thanks to its two electric motors and externally chargeable battery.”

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The concept car is said to have a top speed of 155 mph and an EC average combined fuel consumption of 118 mpg.

The gas engine is a turbocharged 3.0-litre TSI V6 direct-injection unit producing 295 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A 54 horsepower (40 kilowatt) front electric motor is integrated in the 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission while a 114 horsepower (85 kilowatt) electric motor is found at the rear for a total system power of 374 horsepower (279 kilowatt).

The centrally located lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 10.7 kilowatt-hour.

Power can be sent to all four wheels through the location of the rear electric motor. Volkswagen stated this Sport Coupé Concept GTE can be driven on pure electric power over a distance of at least 32 miles. The total driving range on one tank of gasoline is expected by Volkswagen to be more than 745 miles.