VW ID.4 GTX to be followed by VW ID.4 R, hints R&D boss [Update]

The VW ID.4 GTX AWD is noticeably quicker than the VW ID.4 RWD that can go from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.5 seconds and achieve a maximum speed of 160 km/h. However, it’s nowhere close to what a top-end Nissan Ariya claims to offer. Word in the German media is that Volkswagen isn’t done with the ID.4 yet, and something like a VW ID.4 R is possible.

The Nissan Ariya, simply in its top-end configuration can attain a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). Floor the pedal for just 5.1 seconds, and you’re already halfway there. The VW ID.4 is miles away from that level of performance. However, Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen’s new R&D chief, suggested that the ID.4 will gain a more powerful variant that offers better performance than the GTX.

VW ID.4 high-performance version expected specifications

Business Insider asked Ulbrich during a recent interaction if Volkswagen is working on EVs more powerful than the new GTX type. “The GTX will not be the end here, as further performance classes are possible,” Ulbrich said in response, hinting at a quicker and faster ID.4. Traditionally, the company would use an R suffix in the second stage or a high-performance variant. However, using a new ‘GTX’ suffix for the performance variant instead of GTI, Volkswagen may call the potential ID.4 R something different.

At the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021), Volkswagen (brand) CEO Ralf Brandstätter confirmed the launch of a VW ID.3 GTX and said that the brand’s performance-focused offerings could include something above GTX, Auto Express reported. Autocar quoted Brandstätter suggesting that “something will come from R.” These were probably clues to the rumored high-performance VW ID.4 R.

In addition to enhanced performance, the go-fast VW ID.4 may offer quicker charging on direct current. Andreas Krüger, Head of E-Mobility, Volkswagen Group, has said that the company plans to double the peak charging power of MEB EVs from 125 kW to 250 kW. There’s no word on the price, but the performance-spec ID.4, with the complete kit, could touch EUR 60,000.

TopElectricSUV offers a preview of the ID.4 R with styling differences for a racier look, and the changes that traditionally differentiate GTI variants. Our ID.4 R adopts a red crossbar along the light strip, fog lamps in the bumper as observed in spy shots, side body graphics, D-pillar decoration, and sporty wheels.

Featured image: Rendition of a high-performance ID.4 version