Performance VW ID.3 could release next year

Performance VW ID.3 could release next year

Volkswagen is planning a performance variant for the ID.3, brand manager Ralf Brandstätter has confirmed in an interview on the sidelines of the IAA. The basis for the model, presumably called ID.3 GTX, is already known.

In May, Volkswagen unveiled a concept car under the project name ID.X, which was essentially an ID.3 with the 77 kWh battery and drive components from the then-recently presented ID.4 GTX. The power of the electric all-wheeler was stated to be 245 kW – slightly more than the ID.4 GTX.

As Brandstätter indicated to the British magazine Autocar at the IAA, the ID.X is to form the basis for the series version of an all-wheel-drive ID.3. However, the brand boss did not want to reveal any details about the vehicle’s performance – so it remains to be seen whether the 245 kW will remain in series production or whether the 220 kW version from the ID.4 GTX will be used. The latter is likely, as Brandstätter still stated that “more power means less range”.

There will likely be one change to the ID.4 GTX, however. In the electric SUV, the GTX drive is only available with the large 77-kWh battery. According to the report, Brandstätter indicated that the “entire range of ID.3 batteries will be available”. However, it's probable that only the official presentation of the GTX models will show whether an all-wheel-drive ID.3 GTX with the 45-kWh battery is actually on its way.

As early as summer 2020, Autocar reported that the VW board was close to giving the go-ahead for an even sportier ID.3 under the R performance label. According to the report, this model is to be launched on the market in 2024. Again, this has not been confirmed – especially the year. “Fun to drive is another part of mobility,” said Brandstätter.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:10th Sep 2021

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