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Trevor Collett | May 28, 2017

Volkswagen has wheeled out a pair of Golf-based concepts for its annual Woerthersee gathering.

The first is the work of Volkswagen apprentices at the company’s Wolfsburg HQ in Germany, called the Golf GTI First Decade.

Rather than pay tribute to the earliest GTIs, the ‘First Decade’ name refers to Woerthersee’s first ten GTI concepts, and the efforts of Volkswagen apprentices over that time period.

The First Decade features all-wheel-drive, combining a 300kW petrol engine with a 12kW, 48-volt electric motor with each motor also able to drive the car independently.

As with the regular Golf GTI, the petrol engine drives the front wheels. But the electric engine powers the rear wheels, allowing for a rear-wheel-drive hot hatch experience (as ‘hot’ as can be expected from 12kW) when operating in pure electric mode.

A pair of batteries powers the electric motor, able to be recharged through regenerative braking. Volkswagen says the system allows for “short trips” with zero emissions, but doesn’t state a maximum range.

The GTI First Decade took around nine months to create, with a team of eight men and five women working on the project.

Also on show at Woerthersee is the Golf GTE Performance (pictured, top of page), which features a 200kW/450Nm powerplant in place of the regular 150kW/350Nm unit.

As the name suggests, the concept is based on the Golf GTE, but the build team has added new 19-inch alloy wheels, GTI-sourced tailpipes and rear diffuser along with a GTI Clubsport rear spoiler.

There’s also plenty of gloss black exterior highlights and an upgraded brake package with blue calipers, while the interior scores leather sports seats and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.

MORE: Volkswagen Goes Back To Its Roots With 2018 Up! GTI
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