While its brands such as Porsche and Audi have entered the sports car brand alliance, Volkswagen itself does not belong to this category. However, the German automaker appears to be ambitious to enter the segment, and also wants to go with an electrified powertrain. The automaker has hinted that it is considering the idea of an all-electric sports car with a 680-horsepower generating powertrain. If the electric sports car enters production, it could become the car brand’s halo model.
The automaker has hinted that the MEB architecture it developed specifically for EVs could underpin the ambitious sports car. It could have a power output similar to the Porsche Taycan Turbo. Interestingly, VW had previously developed the W12 Nardo and the Ducati V2-powered XL Sport, but neither reached production levels. However, the automaker doesn’t appear to have given up on sports cars just yet.
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The automaker has yet to start developing pulse inverters and thermal management systems, as well as its own batteries and electric motors. This opens up the possibility of developing a modular kit that could also be introduced to the brand’s regular electric cars and sports cars.
The car brand further said that it has developed a revised version of the MEB platform, named MEB Evo. This upgraded modular EV architecture is said to be able to reduce EV development costs by as much as 20%. Meanwhile, the auto group’s first purpose-built electric sports car is due in 2025, when Porsche introduces a replacement for the 718 Boxster/Cayman. The VW electric sports car could follow suit. However, the automotive major did not reveal a specific timeline for when the electric sports car will be brought to market.
First published date: Feb 21, 2023 at 15:51 PM CST