In the past few days, Volkswagen has made headlines with its ID.2all concept electric car, which plans to launch an electric hatchback in 2025, which may be called ID.2. A report from Top Gear says the upcoming EV will also get a high-performance and sporty iteration, which will wear a GTI or GTX badge. Volkswagen has reportedly confirmed it is developing a high-performance sports version of its upcoming electric hatchback.
Kai Grunitz, a member of Volkswagen’s technical development board, said that they are already developing a sports version of the ID.2all, which gives us hope that such a product will eventually enter production soon after the standard version. Although Volkswagen officials did not give specific details about the hotter ID.2 version, he revealed that it will use a front-wheel drive layout instead of a dual-motor all-wheel drive system. The board member also said he has an idea for power output, but hasn’t revealed it yet.
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The already unveiled VW ID.2all concept car uses a single electric motor to produce 223 horsepower peak power, more than the internal combustion engine-powered VW Polo GTI. The EV needs less than 7 seconds to accelerate from 0-100km/h, meaning the high-performance version could outpace the Golf GTI. Interestingly, the sportier looking Cupra UrbanRebel also shares the same front electric motor and is based on the MEB+ architecture which also incorporates the standard ID.2all.
Volkswagen currently uses the GTX nomenclature to denote the more powerful trims in its ID range of electric vehicles, while GTI is only used on ICE-powered models. However, that strategy could change in the future as the brand flourishes towards an all-electric future. However, Volkswagen officials have not confirmed whether the upcoming sporty EV will get the GTX or GTI badge. “Whether it’s a GTI or a GTX or whatever, we’ll see,” he said.
First published date: March 21, 2023 at 15:05 PM CST