The impressive hot hatch has made its initial public debut during the traditional GTI meeting in Worthersee, Austria back in May and has now decided to appeal the enlarged public present during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show.
We already saw back in May the Golf GTI CLubsport and GTI Performance, but the GTE Sport is something else almost entirely when it comes to reinterpreting the praised compact hatchback. It has almost nothing to do with the production series Golf GTE plug-in hybrid that might be considered its closes living world relative and has brought in front of the public an almost new “White Club” body made out of carbon fiber and sporting gullwing doors. We do love the exterior design and would have it any day on the regular hatchback but as we all know such interesting feats will remain singularities and the upcoming eighth generation will again sport a dull, evolutionary design. The interior is also in a league of its own, with the driver and passenger in separated areas and featuring bucket seats with five-point belts. There’s also a carbon steering column and a manually operated – via paddles – gearbox. Other highlights are the high-tech transparent displays replacing the traditional instrument cluster dials.
Inside the model there’s a motorsport-enabled “heart” – a spectacular plug-in hybrid system using a front-mounted 1.6-liter TSI engine taken with appropriate modifications from the Polo R WRC and churning out 299 PS (220 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It has been mated to a couple of electric motors: one in the front housed next to the 6-speed DCT housing and delivering 115 PS & 330 Nm and the other at the back and developing 115 PS & 270 Nm. The combined result is impressive enough – 400 PS (295 kW) and 670 Nm (495 lb-ft) of torque. That’s enough for a 62 mph (100 km/h) jump of 4.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 174 mph (280 km/h). And fuel efficiency is also spectacular: in hybrid mode we have just 2 liters / 100 km (117.6 mpg).