The new Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, to be presented
at the Geneva International Motor Show, is the fifth power-train to be offered
in the Golf, adding to gasoline, diesel, CNG and full electric versions. Golf
GTE can be driven up to 50kms in all-electric mode with a total theoretical
driving range of 940kms. The new Golf GTE has two engines, a 1.4 litre 148bhp
turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine and a 101bhp electric motor. These
combine to provide the stated system power of 201bhp. If the electric motor is
the sole source for propulsive power, the Golf GTE is capable of speeds of up
to 130kmph. When the full power of the system is harnessed, the GTE sprints
from 0 to 100kmph in 7.6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 217kmph. Of more significance is the superior pulling power of
the Golf GTE thanks to its alliance of a gasoline engine and electric motor
that produces a maximum torque of 350Nm.
Despite its power and torque, the Golf GTE
remains one of the world's most efficient cars. If you mainly run short
distances, you can drive in emissions-free all-electric mode for days, weeks,
and months. The battery takes about three and a half hours to charge fully from
a conventional wall outlet. Thanks to the control options on the Golf GTE, the
driver can also ensure on longer trips that only the electric motor is used in
an urban area. The GTE has a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission that was
developed specifically for hybrid vehicles.
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