Concept cars often don’t make it to the production lines. The bean counters are really good at putting a halt on anything that could cost more money than it should, stifling the creativity of some of the most interesting concepts to come to any car show. Even though the number crunchers will continue to keep some concepts out of our grasp, we can still admire what they are and how they will shape the future of a company. While Volkswagen is typically conservative in their car designs, they have had some interesting concepts in the past, here are some of those for you to enjoy.
I.D. Concept – This is the most recent concept brought to the Paris Motor Show that is supposed to carve out the future of Volkswagen after they turned into a curse word for the past year or more. This new concept is to be an all-electric model using the new Modular Electric Drive platform that will be the basis for nearly thirty new models from the VW brand. This car is actually expected to go on sale in 2020 and will have a range of between 279 and 373 miles with a 168 horsepower electric motor.
XL Sport – This car showed up at the 2014 Paris Motor show and sported a two cylinder engine that was sourced from Ducati. This was to be a sports car that was based on the XL1, which is the most fuel efficient production car ever made and the sporty style elements gave this car a look that we can certainly enjoy. This car was to have 197 horsepower and a top speed of 168 mph while being able to achieve a run to sixty mph in only 5.7 seconds to be an exciting, but not yet produced model.
Golf GTE Sport – Here is a car that gives us the hybrid blend and came to the 2015 LA Auto Show with a 1.6-liter TSI engine that came for the Polo R WRC and two electric motors that each gave the car 113 horsepower. The engine provided 295 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque to give you a full system that produces 494 lb.-ft. of torque making it possible for this Golf to reach sixty mph from a standstill in only 4.3 seconds. This car may not ever be produced, but it may show us what we could expect from VW.
W12 Syncro – While most of the world doesn’t realize that Bugatti is part of Volkswagen, the fact is the Veyron was based on this concept car. The W12 Syncro was a concept car that showed up at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show with a massive 5.6-liter W12 engine and 414 horsepower to be one of the most impressive concepts of nearly twenty years ago. The entire purpose of this car was to prove that VW could build a super car that had a large and reliable engine and all the luxury and sports car features that any super car enthusiast would want.
GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo – Based on the video game, the Gran Turismo concepts that have crossed stages around the world have been amazing. This one made its way to the GTI festival in 2014 and gave us a look at a two-seat convertible that was powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine that could produce 503 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. This certainly wasn’t a car that was ever meant to make it to production, but it certainly look like VW had a lot of fun making this impressive machine.