Students built VW Golf GTE Skylight Wörthersee concept with 3110 W sound powerJune 24, 2021
Every year Volkswagen prepares a series of interesting GTI-based concept cars built by their students for the festival on Lake Wörthersee in Austria.
The coronavirus hasn’t stopped the automaker from unveiling the Golf GTE Skylight concept car at its own factory. Like last year’s previous-generation GTE HyRace, the new GTE Skylight features a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
As expected from the concept, the Skylight stands out with several design touches that set it apart from the production donor Golf GTE. First, you can notice the special livery with Lapiz Blue and Catalina Blue graphics on a white body, which is matched with a set of 20-inch wheels.
The door handles are illuminated and the taillights feature white LED graphics on a dark background. The enlarged rear spoiler and side sills are borrowed from the Golf R, completing the exterior changes along with 3D printed stainless steel tailpipes.
Inside the cabin, the most striking feature is the hologram of the GTE badge above the center touchscreen, which responds to speed or acceleration. What’s more, the blue sports seat upholstery is matched with blue accents on the dashboard, steering wheel and doors. The choice of color makes sense as the GTE badge is associated with blue (while the GTI is associated with red and the GTD with black).
The trunk hides an impressive sound system with a total output of 3,110 watts, more than enough to host an outdoor party. Another thing you’ll find in the luggage compartment is an electric skateboard.
The Skylight has a 1.4 TSI standard model and an electric motor with a GTI-compliant combined output of 242 hp. (245 hp / 180 kW) and 400 Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed DSG gearbox using the XDS electronic differential. The 13 kWh battery provides an electric range of around 60 km, while the DCC adaptive suspension ensures a comfortable or sporty ride.
A total of 16 students worked on the project. Traditionally, the three of them also participated in the development of last year’s concept car, sharing their experiences with the team.
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