Welcome to the first of many sporty electric road-going Volkswagens—the ID.4 GTX. Big news is the addition of a second e-motor for all-wheel drive (when required, not all the time) and a reasonable, but not earth-shattering, 295hp.
Nil to 100kph takes a claimed 6.2sec. Not that quick verses some rivals, but still a worthwhile improvement of over 2sec compared with a normal 201hp ID.4. Meanwhile, the same 77kWh (net) battery as the standard car means the GTX can travel around 480km on a single charge, and recharges at a max rate of 125kW.
What else is new? No doubt Volkswagen has made some changes to the ID.4’s suspension setup, but it hasn’t gone into details. We do know it’ll be available with a ‘Sports Package’ that drops the ride height by 15mm, and that adaptive dampers and progressive steering will be on the options list. Fingers crossed it’s a bit more engaging than the standard car.
If you somehow miss all the badges, identify a GTX by its body-color sills, revised bumpers, and new LED light signature. The wheels are 20 inches as standard, with 21-inch rims available as an extra. Subtle. We’d expect the GTX to cost roughly the same as the existing ID.4 Max, which goes for around £50,000 (P3.38 million).
All of VW’s flagship, more performance-oriented EVs will wear the GTX badge—in basically the EV equivalent of GTI, GTD, and GTE. So, expect an ID.3 GTX in due course.
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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.