The ID.4 GTX is quite a bit quicker than your everyday ID.4 which, with just a single 204PS motor at the rear, requires 8.5 seconds for 0-62mph. The ID.4 is limited to a top speed of 100mph and the GTX is likewise reined in, but to 112mph. The days of 155mph top speeds – achievable by virtually all combustion-engined performance cars today – are rapidly coming to an end as battery-electric car makers shift the emphasis to maximum cruising range instead. The ID.4 GTX, with 77kWh battery, should be able to go almost 300 miles without stopping, if conditions are right.
It remains to be seen how much more rewarding to drive the first GTX model is, but the aim, as VW chief executive Ralf Brandstätter says, is to show that “electric mobility and top sporty performance are not mutually exclusive.” Expect driving modes to include a Sport setting, optional adaptive dampers and a Sport pack that lowers the body a little.
The GTX body makeover can best be described as subtle – this is no extrovert head-turner. Spot the GTX by its GTI-style running lights up front and rear LED lights in the form of an X. There are the inevitable reprofiled bumper sections, high gloss black grille inserts and roof spoiler, and a black roof. Plus lots of GTX badges and, inside, a few more nods to the GTI in the form of red seat accents – but no tartan trim.