VW will employ the ‘GTX’ badge for performance variations of its EVs, starting up with the ID.4
The already busy world of performance VW badges is getting a ways more crowded. Joining the R, GTI, GTD and GTE sub-brands is GTX, a new moniker reserved for instant electrical vehicles.
The principle of these will seemingly be according to the ID.4, using the twin-motor powertrain confirmed for the crossover a short time within the past. Specs will match the Skoda Enyaq vRS, we suspect, that methodology outputs of 302bhp and 339lb toes of torque. Similar to what you rep from the everyday all-wheel pressure, EA888 VW Community performance car, despite the proven fact that as a consequence of the burden penalty of all those batteries, it obtained’t be as brisk as something esteem a Tiguan R.
The Enyaq vRS manages 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds, a resolve the ID.4 GTX will seemingly fragment, alongside with an electronically-restricted 112mph high speed. A twin-motor powertrain within the lighter ID.3 might per chance per chance even be more titillating, but such a thing might per chance per chance even be tricky to situation underneath the much less dear variations of the ID.4. It’s telling that VW despited to commence by giving the ID.4 the GTX treatment, even supposing the three became launched long forward of.
In the name of effectivity, the brand new entrance axle motor within the ID.4 GTX finest comes into play “when very excessive performance or stable traction are required”. Alternatively, the driver can set off it permanently by switching to the automobile’s new ‘Traction’ mode.
Talking about the brand new badge, marketing and sales board member Klaus Zellmer stated:
“The letters GT contain long stood for riding pleasure. Now the X is building the bridge to the mobility of the future. Sustainability and sportiness are now no longer mutually distinctive, but complement one any other intelligently.”
We don’t know at this stage what all this implies for the long-term future of the GTI badge. The GTE and GTD are destined to be killed off once hybrid and diesel vehicles cease to be a thing for VW, but given the history attached to the GTI badge, we puzzled if it might in reality per chance even be carried into the electrical age. Maybe it aloof will, if ‘GTX’ ends up being more of a stepping stone. Let’s search.