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Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE offers a claimed 118mpg and a driving range of 745 miles
Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE offers a claimed 118mpg and a driving range of 745 miles

The Sports Coupe Concept GTE of Volkswagen is to debut at the Geneva Auto Show, and it appears to be four-seat concept with futuristic ambition. The styling of the concept car points out to the next coming CC sedan strongly. The maker says it is a coupe and a hatchback with four doors which hugely explains in present day jargon that it is a coupe.

The plug-in hybrid Drivetrain is indicated by the GTE portion of the car name as it does with the Golf GTE and Passat GTE. Volkswagen says that this is likely to be extended across all classes of vehicles. Two electric motors augment the gasoline engine, and the Sport Coupe concept GTE suggests enviable fuel economy figures and impressive performance, and we must tell you that the former figures are obtained from the PHEV Euro test cycle.

The front wheel is supported with power from a 54-hp electric motor inducted to gearbox, and a 3.0 Liter V-6 turbocharged direct fuel injected engine cranking out 295 horsepower and a phenomenal 369 lb-ft thrust. A DSG six-speed transmission is mated to the power source to distribute it to the wheels. The rear axle is operated by a separate motor producing 114hp. The juice for the electric motors comes from a pack of lithium-ion battery cells placed into the center tunnel of the car, which also explains why it is a four-seat layout.    

The earlier CC was debuted with a four-seat layout but was forced to take in a rear bench later. According to VW, the combined power is rated at 374 horses which propel the GTE to a sprint timing of five seconds. 155mph top speed is cited for the plug-in hybrid, and it runs a 32 miles electric only range. The fuel economy claimed is a combined 118mpg. It has a total range of 745 miles which shows off the eco credentials of the vehicle. 

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