Volkswagen has expanded its ID EV range with the launch of a sporty new GTX brand – and the ID.4 GTX is the first performance model in the line-up
Volkswagen has introduced a sporty new brand called GTX that’s purely for its electric cars – and the ID.4 SUV, recently named World Car of the Year 2021, is the first car to wear the ‘EV GTI’ moniker.
The firm’s first-ever fully-electric performance model, the ID.4 GTX is said to bring “new and intelligent sportiness to the world of electric mobility”.
Describing it as adding a new dimension of dynamism, CEO Ralf Brandstatter said the GTX “shows that electric mobility and top sporty performance are not mutually exclusive”.
With two electric motors and all-wheel drive (the first for a car in the ID family), maximum power is an impressive 299hp. 0-62mph takes 6.2 seconds – faster than a Golf GTI.
“The full torque of the electric powertrain is immediately available, and you can feel the excellent vehicle handling in every bend,” promised VW development chief Thomas Ulbrich.
Marking out the ID.4 GTX are a black roof and rear spoiler, plus more body colour parts than the regular ID.4. It boasts three honeycomb elements in the front light bar and 3D LED tail lights, whose brake lights form an ‘X’.
Inside, there are red contrast seams for the seats, and plenty of GTX logos. The upper half of the dashboard is finished in a new dark shade called X-Blue, which VW says represents sustainability. Sports seats are included too.
Prices are expected to begin from around £44,000 when the ID.4 GTX is launched in the summer; the firm will release more details about the first hot ID vehicle in the build-up to ordering opening.