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Volkswagen’s Shanghai surprise

VW unveils stunning C Coupe GTE concept at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Sadly, this four-door concept car – it’s over five metres in length – is for the Chinese market only, but who knows what might happen in the future.

Powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system, Volkswagen says it combines “exclusivity, perfection and passion”.

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept

The elegant concept does hint at future VW saloons and would plug a gap in VW’s saloon line-up, sitting below the range-topping Phaeton.

The C Coupé GTE is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with four cylinders, mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, plus an electric motor integrated in the gearbox module and a lithium-ion battery.

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept

It can be powered all-electrically up to a speed of 81mph and has an electric-only range of 31 miles. The car’s total driving range is 497 miles and in theory it can return an overall 122.8mpg, emitting just 55g/km of CO2

It’s no slouch either. It can accelerate to 62mph in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 144 mph.

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