Originally posted on CleanTechnica
Over the past couple of years, Volkswagen has trotted out an increasing number of concept cars bearing plugs, electric motors, and fancy names like GTE and CrossBlue. Once far-fetched pipe dreams, these concepts have come closer and closer to resembling something of a production reality, and the Volkswagen C Coupé GTE concept revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show stands the best chance at being more than just a concept.
The front-wheel drive C Coupé pairs a 208 horsepower TSI gasoline turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a 122 horsepower electric motor for a combined output of 240 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. That’s good for a 0 to 100 KPH/60 MPH sprint of 8.6 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 232 KPH/144 MPH, with an electric driving range of up to 31 miles. With a full tank of petrol and a fully-charged battery, Volkswagen claims a total driving range of more than 1,100 km/684 miles, helped by an eight-speed automatic transmission using an integrated electric motor.
In other words, nothing too radical as far as the drivetrain go. Aesthetically speaking, the C Coupé points the way towards VW’s next-gen large-car design language…and I look the way it sounds. Previous concepts like the Cross Coupe GTE and production cars like the Golf GTE indicate that Volkswagen is finally taking plug-in cars as seriously as they should be, and the C Coupé is the best-looking of the bunch yet. Drivers can choose between five different operating modes “Hybrid”, “E-Mode”, “GTE” and “Battery Charge/Battery Hold”.
All-in-all, this sounds like a more thought-out concept than your typical auto show fare, and I think it stands a good chance of making it into production in some way, shape, or form.
Here’s hoping the Volkswagen C Coupé ends up as more than just a pretty concept.