Volkswagen GTX: New badge for high-performance electric models confirmed
Sporty zero-emissions models will draw on technology developed by Volkswagen's motorsport division
Volkswagen has unveiled a new badge – GTX – that'll be worn by high-performance versions of its fully electric cars. Equivalent to GTI (for petrol), GTD (for diesel) and GTE (for hybrid), the badge will be seen first on the ID.4 GTX, to be revealed on 28 April.
All GTX models will have two electric motors – one on each axle – for four-wheel-drive capability. The cars will remain rear-wheel-drive during most normal driving for greater efficiency, but when strong performance or extra traction is needed, the front-axle motor will activate to deliver more power.
It'll also be possible to select a 'Traction' driving mode where four-wheel drive is permanently active. In addition to their extra technology under the metal, the GTX cars will also boast "sporty design details and their own light signature".
VW board member Klaus Zellmer said: "The letters GT have long stood for driving pleasure. Now the X is building the bridge to the mobility of the future. Sustainability and sportiness are not mutually exclusive, but complement each other intelligently."
Volkswagen Motorsport battery
In early 2020, Volkswagen revealed that it'll call on the expertise of its motorsport division to develop the battery for its performance electric models. Speaking at of the GP Ice Race event in Zell am See, Austria, where VW revealed an eR1 electric Golf concept using the drivetrain from its record-breaking ID.R hillclimb car, Volkswagen R boss Jost Capito said that Volkswagen Motorsport would apply experience gained from the ID.R programme to develop a battery suitable for high-performance road cars.
He said: "I believe that our motorsport guys doing their own batteries in-house is a big advantage we have; brands competing in series like Formula E are given a standard battery. It's not just about the battery itself, it's how the battery is run and how they get power to the motors. It's easy to get the power output of an electric motor to the level you want, so it's batteries, battery management and cooling that will be the big differentiators when it comes to high-performance electric road cars."
Capito also told DrivingElectric that the performance parameters of the forthcoming model, which will sit on the VW Group's 'MEB' dedicated electric-car platform, have yet to be defined, and will not necessarily be exactly equivalent to an internal-combustion model such as the T-Roc R or Golf R.
"It's still being defined," he said. "It won't be a straight copy of what we have now. There might be things that are less exciting, things that are more exciting. But what we want to keep doing is having exciting products, it just might be a different excitement to what we have now, but it has to be something that car enthusiasts still like.
"We'll continue the philosophy of basing R models on standard Volkswagen production cars. So we'll see what the MEB platform can give us and what technology the ID.R can give us and then see what package we can do. We believe you need the feeling of driving a car; 0-60 times are overrated, because you do it maybe once or twice and it's done. What you need is good 60-120, 80-120 acceleration, and we have to consider range and charging times, too."
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