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Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE First Look

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/2/2015 Kelly Pleskot

When Volkswagen announced it was bringing a four-door coupe to Geneva, we immediately thought of the CC. And for good reason, considering this concept might end up being the next-generation version of the 7-year-old model. Either way, VW promises the vehicle will usher in a "new design era" for the brand, likely with a slew of new technologies.

Unlike the CC, which is positioned in the upper B segment, the Sport Coupe Concept breaches the C segment. This makes it slightly larger than the current CC model. Along with a larger wheelbase of 118.9 inches, the coupe concept has also increased in overall length, coming in at 191.7 inches. Trunk space hits 17 cubic feet, up from just over 13 cubic feet in the CC.

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Bold design elements complement the vehicle's larger physique. Up front, the radiator grille juts into dual LED headlights on each side of the vehicle, and C-shaped LEDs illuminate the space near the lower air intakes. Chrome-accented air vents in the front fenders and hood create a majestic look. The rear appears much longer thanks to a bold rear spoiler and a large character line that runs across the trunk space.

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Inside, expect premium materials and plenty of advancements in technology. Most notably, the model has the ability to use a driver's biometric data to improve the experience behind the wheel. A driver's smartwatch or armband takes the necessary data, and these devices are paired with the car's navigation system, which will choose to lead the driver on either an exciting drive or a gentle, stress-free route depending on the biometric results. Other technologies in the concept model include new touchscreens, one display controlling the central infotainment system and one behind each of the front headrests. An additional 12.3-inch display is also available for rear seat passengers to control media and climate functions. In terms of materials, expect to find aluminum and piano-black accents, faux wood, and leather-trimmed accents on the dash.

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Now to what you were really looking for: The coupe makes use of a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 direct-injection engine for 295 hp. Two motors — one in the front and another in the rear — make an additional 168 hp. Total possible output is 374 hp for the entire system, which is paired with a shift-by-wire six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE First Look

When using only electricity, power is limited to the rear axle and drivers can travel for at least 32 miles before recharging. Running on just the V-6, the model transforms into a front-wheel-drive car to sip as little fuel as it can. In the sporty GTE mode, the engine and electric motors work together for maximum power, allowing the car to hit 62 mph in just 5.0 seconds.

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