Volkswagen ID 4 GTX
Volkswagen introduced the ID 4 last fall and now offers the electric SUV a performance version to open up the GTX emblem to fast electric vehicles. Keep in mind that VW has used the GTX in some markets in the past for sporty Golf, Jetta, and Scirocco versions, and now for flavorful vehicles that do away with the internal combustion engine.
Unlike the standard ID 4, which gets by with a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive, the GTX has a front engine to allow for a four-legged setup. Power drops from 201 PS (150 kW) to 295 PS (220 kW), which is slightly lower than the 302 PS offered by the twin-engine configuration of the three-row ID 6 electric SUV, available only in China.
Due to the extra speed, the speed increased from 100 km / h to 8.2 seconds to a decent 6.2 seconds, while the top speed increased from 160 km / h to 112 km / h electronically limited. 180 km / h). Perhaps a more relevant performance figure in everyday driving is the 60 km / h time of 3.2 seconds.
As expected, the VW ID 4 GTX uses an auto-tuning all wheel drive system, as the electric SUV remains in a rear wheel drive configuration until the onboard sensors detect that more traction is needed. All wheel drive also kicks in when the driver presses harder on the accelerator pedal, which the Wolfsburg-based company calls “sporty driving style.” The shift from the rear wheel to all-wheel drive takes place in milliseconds, and VW claims it’s so smooth the driver doesn’t even notice it.
The ID 4 GTX sits on standard 20-inch wheels that can be upgraded to an optional 21-inch package with 358mm brakes on the front axle. Some will be disappointed to learn that the rear axle still uses drum brakes on the performance version.
The optional sports package is available at an additional cost and lowers the electric SUV by 15 millimeters (0.6 inches). Adaptive shock absorbers are also known as part of the Sports Plus package to reconcile sportiness and comfort. The driver can choose between Eco, Comfort, Sport, Individual, and Traction modes.
At 486 kilograms, the 77 kWh battery is the same lithium-ion pack as the regular ID 4. The GTX offers a range of up to 480 kilometers by WLTP. It does not correspond to the 520 kilometers delivered by the standard version. However, this is to be expected because the power version is heavier after adding the front electric motor. As soon as the battery is low, a quick charge of 125 kW means a range of 300 kilometers in half an hour.
In terms of styling, VW has made efforts to separate the GTX derivative from its traditional counterpart. The three-point LED lights arranged vertically in the artificial air intakes are exclusive to the performance model, as is the glossy black finish of the grille. Matrix LED headlights are just as standard as the unusual LED tail lights with a 3D effect.
Here you can see the ID 4 GTX, painted in a new Metallic Kings Red paint, while the red accents on the interior give it a strong GTI feel. As makes sense with a top-of-the-range version, it is equipped with a heated steering wheel, 30-color LED mood lighting, individually adjustable front armrests, and folding rear seats. Many optional packages add extras, such as a head-up display with augmented reality and the enhanced 12-inch infotainment that replaces the standard 10-inch screen.
The VW ID 4 GTX, which goes on sale in Europe this summer, will have a starting price of 61,468 dollars in United States before the grant of 9,1144 dollars.