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Volkswagen Studie Golf GTE Sport

Concept Vehicle Showing at L.A. Auto Show

The Golf GTE Sport is blurring the dividing line between a sports car and an efficient commuter vehicle. The concept car, which was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, has the suspension, body, interior and drive train of a sports car that might be more at home on a rally track. Meanwhile, its technologically superior hybrid system includes a plug-in component that produces zero emissions around town. Although the sport hybrid is just a concept vehicle at the moment, you can see the Volkswagen Golf GTE at Chapman VW Tucson.

Engine Adapted From Rally Winner

Volkswagen took the 1.6-liter engine from its championship Polo R and adapted it for the new GTE Sport Hybrid. The four-cylinder engine produces 295 horsepower along with a spine tingling 295 foot pounds of torque. Dual front and rear electric motors support the gasoline engine, each producing 113 horsepower. The concept vehicle stays in electric mode as long as possible before relying on the gas engine. If you flip the switch to GTE Mode, all engines work in concert and take you from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 174 mph. Stay in electric mode and the car delivers 118 mpge.

Aerodynamic Design Foretells Future

By giving the GTE Sport Hybrid an hourglass shape, VW engineers create a downforce to improve handling and ventilation to cool the brakes. The entire body is made of lightweight but structurally safe carbon fiber. With gullwing doors that partially retract into the roof, the GTE Sport Hybrid is more reminiscent of a racing supercar than a Volkswagen. The profile of the vehicle reveals a two-level design that provides a striking silhouette and futuristic look.

Interior is Pure Function

Take one look into the interior of the new Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Hybrid and its evident that this car has racing roots. The areas for the driver and passenger are completely separate with five point harnesses for each person. Instrument displays are stacked to condense all the information within the driver’s line of sight. Taking its cues from a jet plane, the driver mode selection switch is in the roof. Drivers can select “E-Mode,” “GTE-Mode,” or “Hybrid-Mode,” depending on the situation or preference. Volkswagen continues to push the envelope of innovation and technology. See what’s new in the production vehicle lineup by taking a trip to Chapman VW Tucson.


Only Two Thousand Denim Bugs Produced

Get in touch soon with your Tucson Volkswagen dealer, Chapman Volkswagen, if you want to get your hands on a very limited run of the 2016 Beetle Denim convertible. Paying tribute to the Jeans Bug of the 1970s, Volkswagen is only making 2,000 of this model which is destined to become a classic. You’ll have your choice of only two colors, Pure White or Stonewash Blue. The convertible top is a Dark Blue and made in a fabric that has the look and feel of denim. The blue jeans motif will carry over into the interior, where the seats are covered in a denim-color material that is contrasted by white piping. Dark blue leatherette accents continue the theme, as does a blue and silver dash.

70s Look Comes With Modern Technology

Just because VW is paying tribute to a Beetle from the 1970s doesn’t mean you won’t get all the modern creature comforts. The Denim Beetle comes with an infotainment system that offers higher resolution and faster processing speeds than previously available. It comes standard with a 5.0-inch touchscreen that interacts with your Apple or Android smartphone. It also has Bluetooth connectivity and a rear camera view for avoiding obstacles when backing up. The new Denim Beetle will come with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that generates 170 horsepower.

Beetle Also Comes With More Horsepower

Need a little more pep from your Bug? Visit Chapman Volkswagen and ask about the Beetle R-Line. This sportier version of the iconic Bug has a 2.0-liter engine that delivers 210 horsepower, but still gets 31 miles per gallon. The R-line is available by order only and features amenities like molded bumpers, Bi-Xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and a 6.33-inch color navigation display. You have your choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic. Front sport seats with leather surfaces provide both stability and comfort as you put your super Beetle through its paces on a winding mountain road. You can get more information on the R-line or place your order with a trip to your Tucson Volkswagen dealer, Chapman Volkswagen.

Jeans Bug Debuts at 1973 Frankfurt Show

The Jeans Bug was one of a trio of special edition Beetles that Volkswagen unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1973. Along with a solid color with black trim along the sides, the Jeans Bug was popular because of its denim interior. The bug proved so popular that an aftermarket kit was produced with decals, mud flaps and seat covers that replicated the look of the Jeans Bug. The City Bug and Big Bug were also debuted at that Frankfurt show.