Plus more pow­er­ful Golf GTE ramps up the fun fac­tor

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A MORE more po­tent ver­sion of VW’S cur­rent Golf GTE plug-in hy­brid is also be­ing worked on – and we have been for a quick drive to see how it’s shap­ing up.

En­gi­neers have taken the ex­ist­ing eco-fo­cused GTE and re-writ­ten the soft­ware that con­trols its gear­box-mounted elec­tric mo­tor, free­ing it up to use “more power and torque”. But VW won’t say how much has been added to the reg­u­lar GTE’S 75kw and 350Nm.

Many of the GTE’S ex­ist­ing pa­ram­e­ters re­main, in­clud­ing the 120km/h (75mph) limit for pure­elec­tric run­ning. But there’s a bit more punch from the elec­tric mo­tor to pro­pel you to that speed.

In GTE mode, the elec­tric mo­tor pro­vides use­ful as­sis­tance to a 1.4-litre TSI petrol en­gine un­changed from the reg­u­lar car.

It’s a promis­ing glimpse of how VW could in­ject more fun into a model that does, af­ter all, con­tain the let­ters ‘GT’ in its badge. And we’d be sur­prised if a ver­sion of this pro­to­type doesn’t form part of the Mk8 Golf line-up.

GTE BOOST Tweaked Golf GTE gets more power and torque, and we found the added punch no­tice­able on our brief drive

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