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Volkswagen reveals Golf GTI First Decade concept

Wednesday 24 May 2017, By Autovolo

Volkswagen reveals Golf GTI First Decade concept

Volkswagen reveals Golf GTI First Decade concept

Volkswagen has revealed an all-new hybrid Golf GTI concept that is set to go display at the annual Wörthersee VW meet in Austria.

It is the first time that the iconic hot hatch has been electrified, with a 402bhp petrol engine powering the front wheels and a 48-volt, 17bhp motor sending drive to the rears. The driver is able to control whether to use just the petrol engine, just the electric motor, or a combination of both for all-out performance.

The battery packs used by the electric motor are recharged through the car’s regenerative braking system.

Called the GTI First Decade, it gains its name as it marks the tenth anniversary of the company’s apprentice-built concepts.

Peter Christ, head of automotive training at VW, said: “During the creation of their dream GTI, our apprentices learn about the complexity and future challenges of automobile production.

“They gain further experience in the use of digital technologies, the application of system technology and electro-mobility.”

The exterior of the car has been treated to three different shades of blue, inspired by the lake and sky at Wörthersee, while 20-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler give the Golf an even sportier look.

Inside, the rear seats have been removed the lower the car’s overall weight, while the front seats have been replaced by lighter versions. Covered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, they also get blue highlights.

Volkswagen revealed its updated Golf GTE in March, but this has far less performance than the First Decade – it uses a 148bhp petrol engine and a 101bhp electric motor, and is capable of an all-electric range of just 31 miles.