Hot Hatch or Electric Wagon? VW Unveils ID.3 GTX and Hints at ID.7 GTX Tourer

DB2024AU00471 Large
While it's not quite the electric Golf GTI enthusiasts have been clamoring for, the new ID.3 GTX is the closest Volkswagen has come to electrifying its iconic hot hatch. Revealed alongside the powerful ID.7 GTX Tourer, the ID.3 GTX boasts significantly more muscle than the standard ID.3 and impressive acceleration to match. Volkswagen even dares to call it an "electric compact sports car."

Two Flavors of Electric Hot Hatch

The ID.3 GTX comes in two variants. The base model packs 210 kW (282 horsepower) delivered to the rear wheels through a single electric motor. This setup propels the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a brisk 6.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 111 mph.

For those seeking even more thrills, the ID.3 GTX Performance exists. It maintains the same rear-wheel-drive layout and 79 kWh battery pack as the base model, but cranks the electric motor up to a mighty 240 kW (322 horsepower). This translates to a scorching 0-62 mph time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph.

Punching Above Its Weight

Both ID.3 GTX versions churn out a hefty 545 Nm (402 lb-ft) of torque. That staggering figure puts it just 6% shy of a legendary icon – the Ferrari F40. (90s kids, buckle up for this one!)

For perspective, the ID.3 GTX matches the 0-62 mph time of the current Golf GTI Clubsport, a gasoline powerhouse with 300 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. Additionally, the electric car boasts rear-wheel drive, promising a vastly different driving experience compared to the front-wheel-drive Golf.

It’s important to note that Volkswagen classifies all ID.3 GTX performance and technical specifications as “forecast values.” A key point of curiosity is whether the electric hot hatch can live up to its projected 373-mile range with all that extra power, especially considering the GTX packs 90 kW (121 hp) more than the standard ID.3.

Beyond the Power Surge

Volkswagen promises a “completely newly developed” infotainment system for the ID.3 GTX, alongside design tweaks to distinguish it from the rest of the ID.3 lineup. The range-topping model will also benefit from a significantly expanded list of standard equipment.

Visually, the GTX sports dedicated badges and a diamond-patterned front grille reminiscent of the Golf GTI. GTX-specific running lights, high-gloss black accents, redesigned side skirts, and a new rear bumper with diffuser complete the exterior transformation. A set of 20-inch alloy wheels graces the GTX, while the interior gets sporty seats with red stitching (another nod to the GTI) as standard. The upgraded infotainment system features the new IDA voice assistant, a wellness app, and access to ChatGPT.

A Powerful Electric Estate Joins the Fray

Volkswagen also unveiled a new GTX variant of its ID.7 Tourer electric estate car. This larger offering boasts slightly more power than the ID.3 GTX, with 250 kW (335 hp) delivered by a dual-motor setup enabling all-wheel drive.

The ID.7 GTX is equipped with an 86 kWh battery pack that can reportedly be charged from 10 to 80 percent in under 30 minutes at up to 200 kW, albeit under ideal conditions. This translates to a 40 kW (54 hp) power increase over the standard, rear-wheel-drive ID.7 Tourer.

While specific performance figures haven’t been revealed beyond its status as the most powerful estate car Volkswagen has ever produced, the ID.7 GTX mirrors the ID.3 GTX in terms of visual upgrades. Expect new 20- and 21-inch wheel options, a honeycomb front grille, gloss black accents, redesigned side skirts, and a revamped rear bumper. Red stitching, GTX seats, and a GTX-specific steering wheel elevate the interior. A panoramic roof with switchable opacity rounds out the available options.

Pricing and release date information for the new members of Volkswagen’s electric GTX family remain under wraps.

Source: VW Newsroom

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Translate »