Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept Is Amazing

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In another demonstration of just how fast electric vehicles are improving, technically anyways, Volkswagen recently unveiled a new plug-in hybrid concept boasting a top speed of 174 mph, 494 lb-feet of torque, a fuel efficiency of 118 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), and an acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour of 4.4 seconds.

Sounds pretty good, right? This concept vehicle — dubbed the Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept — may of course never be available to the general public (it probably won’t) but it sure would be nice if it was. And… It certainly does showcase how far plug-in hybrids have come over the last decade.

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Our sister site Gas2 provides some more information:

Total output is rated at 394 horsepower, and 494 lb-ft of torque in GTE mode, with a top speed of 174 MPH; yet Volkswagen still claims that on the NEDC cycle, the GTE Sport Concept would return a 118 MPGe, with up to 37 miles of all-electric driving range. 0 to 62 MPH is quoted as taking just 4.4 seconds, equivalent to a Mustang GT with the new 5.0 V8. Volkswagen has been increasingly gung-ho on plug-in car technology, promising dozens of new electrified vehicles across all its brands. The German automaker thinks solid-state batteries could give its plug-in cars a huge range advantage in just a few short years, fueling its goal to become the world’s largest automaker.

So, while I’m not holding my breath till the Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept is available as a production vehicle (it’d probably still be too expensive for me even if it was), here’s to hoping. After all, Volkswagen has made some somewhat “strange” moves in recent years…

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