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Volkswagen's new Golf concept has gullwing doors and 395 horsepower

The VW Golf is one of the most common vehicles anywhere in the world. This doesn't look much like those, though.

The Golf GTE Sport is a concept that Volkswagen brought out to this year's Wörthersee, an annual Volkswagen-Audi event in Austria — and like Audi's TT Clubsport, the GTE isn't messing around. Its 395 horsepower comes from a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that can run 31 miles on electric alone; VW promises 62 mph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of 174.

The outside looks wild enough, but things get crazier inside: the "motor racing cockpit" basically looks like a sci-fi illustration, and the strange seating configuration puts driver and passenger in their own carbon fiber-wrapped capsules. Needless to say, that's not going to make it to high-po Golfs of the future — but as a styling exercise, there are hints that we might see some elements of the GTE in a production model down the line.


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