Volkswagen Has Revealed a 400-Plus Horsepower Hybrid GTI at Worthersee


For the past decade, Volkswagen has used the massive Worthersee VW gathering in Austria to reveal a concept car conceived, designed and built by apprentices at the company’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.

This year, the result of that effort is the Golf GTI First Decade, a car that celebrates that 10-year milestone, and is also the first GTI packing a hybrid powertrain.


Up front is a 404 hp gas engine and out back is an electric motor fed by a 12 kWh battery pack, charged via regenerative braking. Among the car’s more interesting features is its ability to run on either power source independently, or both together, making this among the first – if not the first – car in which the driver decides whether the car goes as a front-driver, a rear-driver or in AWD.


Also on display at Worthersee is a Golf GTE Variant (station wagon) built by apprentices down the road at VW’s Zwickau plant. It’s a hybrid with a 16.8 kWh battery pack and a cheesy, tech-y paint job.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.