- Published: Friday, 24 April 2015 10:36
Shanghai, China -
Earlier this week, Volkswagen took the covers off a concept car of an entirely different sort: A four-door coupe that’s more than five-metres long (think A6, 5 Series, E-Class) and also a plug-in, the C Coupe GTE.
It’s technology already shown in the VW Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron: A turbo engine with 210bhp, electric motor of 124bhp, total system output of 245bhp and 500Nm. 0-100km/h goes in 8.6 seconds on to a 232km/h top speed.
Batteries mean the car can be driven up to 50km on e-power alone, at speeds of up to 130km/h, while delivering saintly efficiency figures of 2.3L/100km and CO2 emissions of 55g/km on the NEDC cycle.
That’s not exactly a huge step, since the existing Volkswagen CC four-door coupe has been a success for Wolfsburg, while it also has been doing similar things with SUVs in the form of the Crossblue and its related concepts.
But what’s different here is that the car will be positioned just below the flagship Phaeton limousine - that’s how upmarket it’s meant to be, an impression easily seen in the photos of the car’s interior too. Yet with such a high level of tech, VW says it’ll go into production in 2016 but only for the Chinese market.
It’s reflective of China’s status almost as the new ‘USA’: As noted in our coverage of the New York Auto Show with cars like the new RX, new turbo Kia Optima and Honda Civic turbo, the USA is fast becoming a global market like the rest of the world, while carmakers still pursue elusive growth and gold in the Middle Kingdom. Coincidentally, the C Coupe is clad in a special paint finish dubbed ‘Golden Atmosphere’.
A little more relevant to everyone else outside of the Middle, is the Scirocco GTS. The refreshed Scirocco, which we’ve already driven and should be launched in Singapore very soon, has been announced in 122bhp and 160bhp 1.4-litre variants, plus the 256bhp range-topping 2.0-litre R. There’s also a ‘regular’ 2.0-litre model with 210bhp, which the GTS is based on.
VW last made a GTS version of the car in 1982, and it’s essentially a GTI-ified model, with R-Line bits (bumpers, spoiler, diffuser, gloss black parts) and a racing stripe decal is also an option. The interior sees a black headliner, more gloss black, a special steering wheel, pedals, GTS badging and a Golf-ball gearknob. Contrast red seaming can be found on the steering, seat belts, handbrake and floormats.
There’s no word on availability for Singapore just yet, but considering the R model is only 256bhp strong (it’s a hot weather model, like the Golf R) the gap between the two in price might not be large enough to justify the extra cost.