GTE : GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE?
RacingLine has always sunk a lot of investment into owning an extensive development fleet of the latest performance Volkswagens and Audis. It's what we have to do. We've always stuck pretty fanatically to the fastest of the petrol-turbo powered range. Well, you would, wouldn't you?
But little by little, we're realised that the time is coming to expand our horizons for the future. And so our first hybrid, the Golf 7.5 GTE has joined us.
Plainly, that ‘E’ is for electricity, but it's the significance of the 'GT' in the rest of the badge that got our interest. Is ‘Gran Turismo’ – as it means for the GTI - really a badge worthy of a hybrid?
Positioning your hybrid as a sporty option is a pretty new approach, and it does burden the GTE with additional expectation. Not only will we demand our first hybrid Golf to be thoroughly economical, but it also has to go about its business with a degree of hot hatch passion to live up to the GT bit of its name.
With the demonisation of diesel likely to hit a higher gear in years to come as European emissions legislation takes greater account of nitrogen oxides and particulates, all of us in the buying public are likely to take a wider interest in hybrid technology than ever before.
So, it's time for RacingLine to get ahead of the game here if there's to be a future for performance hybrid upgrades. We're not ready to give up on giving our customers their fix of extra performance just yet. Let's all hope this hybrid future still has room for us enthusiasts in it. We'll keep you updated.