VW hints at electric-powered GTI performance model

Article by Christian A., on January 25, 2017

Ever since Volkswagen revealed its first ID Concept, rumors about the hatchback and the next pure electric GTI have grown more intense. It’s probably because the German automaker neither confirmed nor denied the speculations. As a matter of fact, VW head for sales and marketing Jurgen Stackman has also hinted at an all-electric hatch and other possibilities under such a concept.

In a recent interview with Auto Express, Stackman shared his thoughts regarding the GTI formula and how it will change the way people perceive their upcoming compact EVs. Surprisingly, Stackman is quite optimistic about the idea and thinks that with electric vehicles, Volkswagen could deliver a car that is “fun to drive” and “fun to own” at the same time.

The first ID Concept as we know is equipped with a 168 hp electric motor that can go from 0-100 kilometers per hour under 8 seconds and up to 159 kilometers per hour at top speed. Add to that the concept EV’s flat lithium ion battery (tucked underneath the floor) that pushes it to go as far as 600 kilometers based on the NEDC standards.

Also, we know for a fact that the production version of the ID Concept should be ready by 2020. If that’s the case, the compact EV would be one of Volkswagen’s most exciting offerings before the turn of the new decade. Based on what they have shown in last year’s Paris Motor Show, the Volkswagen ID is known to be a highly promising compact electric vehicle. While taking the size of a VW Golf, the ID Concept also bears similarities with the VW Passat when it comes to its impressive interior space.

To add more fuel to the excitement, Volkswagen seems to be more than ready to take electrification one more step further. Stackman happens to mention in his statement that their EV technology has the right foundation for a performance variant. In other words, he could be referring to a sports car with an all-wheel-drive layout or possibly a Volkswagen R Performance model, right? Either way, we think this is going to be cool.

Other than Stackman, Volkswagen’s VP for G4 eMobility Christian Senger earlier revealed that the brand is reinterpreting the formula for its performance models. That means that after they’ve showcased the latest ID Buzz Concept in Detroit, we’ll be expecting the German brand to introduce more revolutionary concept electric vehicles within the year. We guess it’s only a matter of time until Volkswagen will formally announce the coming of an all-electric sports car, right?

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