Volkswagen launches ID.4 GTX – its first ‘high-performance’ electric vehicle

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At an aircraft hangar at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Volkswagen held the world premiere of its first ever fully-electric high-performance passenger car – the ID.4 GTX.

The ID.4 GTX is the first model based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) to feature dual-motor all-wheel drive with one electric drive motor on both the front and rear axle. Together, they deliver a maximum electrical output of 220 kW (299 hp) and can work together as an electric all-wheel drive – a first for the ID. range.

Thanks to the dual-motor all-wheel drive, the flagship model of the ID.4 product line is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.2 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. The vehicle’s top speed is electronically limited to 180 km/h.

The car is offered with a 77kW battery that is said to deliver 300 miles (483km) of range. With fast charging it can top up with 190 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

To show just what the all-wheel drive is capable of the ID.4 GTX climbed a ramp at an incline of 37.5% during the event.

VW ID.4 GTX

“The full torque of the electric powertrain is immediately available and you can feel the excellent vehicle handling in every bend,” says Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Board of Management for Development. “What’s more, the innovative operating and safety concept is just as intelligent as the drive train! For example, the driver is supported by the unique augmented reality head-up display and comprehensive assist systems.”

VW has set itself the target of increasing the proportion of sales of purely electric vehicles in Europe to 70 percent by 2030. Volkswagen intends to become climate-neutral by 2050 and by 2025, Volkswagen will have invested around 16 billion euros in electric mobility, hybridization and digitalization.

The ID.4 GTX will be launched in Europe in summer 2021 with prices starting around £50,000

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