Volkswagen’s Electric Leap: Unveiling the ID.GTI Concept

Volkswagen (VW) shakes the auto industry with a fresh take on a classic: the ID.GTI. Reimagining the iconic 1976 Golf GTI, this new electric concept heralds what might be the future of the legendary “hot hatch.”

Delving into the ID.GTI

At its debut in Munich’s IAA Mobility, Volkswagen didn’t merely opt for an electric GTI. They evolved its very name. The “I” in GTI has transitioned from “injection” to “intelligence.” A nod to its advanced tech and electrified core, this isn’t just about a name change; it’s a paradigm shift.

While still a concept, whispers suggest that a production model might be gracing European roads soon. And the U.S.? The market remains a tantalizing question mark.

Volkswagen'S Electric Leap: Unveiling The Id.gti Concept

At its heart, the ID.GTI springs from VW’s earlier ID.2all concept, priced at a modest 25,000 euros ($26,600). The electric hatchback was clearly not an afterthought; it appears integral to the design vision from the onset. Equipped with front-wheel drive, it promises a robust power output, mirroring the zeal of its gasoline predecessor. What’s more, it introduces the electronically controlled Vehicle Dynamics Manager, marking a first for VW’s EV line.

One intriguing feature is its time machine capability. This allows drivers to swap between various driving modes, replicating classic GTI models. Direct quotes from the press release state, “The sound, steering style, and ‘simulated shift points’ are designed to mimic such classic GTI models as the original 1976 Golf GTI, the first 16-valve Golf GTI Mark 2 from 1986, or the 2001 Golf GTI Mark 4.”

Volkswagen'S Electric Leap: Unveiling The Id.gti Concept

Specs and Features

VW reportedly disclosed some dimensions, like its 161.6-inch length and a vast 102.4-inch wheelbase, crowned by 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels. But they’ve played coy on battery specifics and range. If the ID.GTI follows the ID.2all blueprint, we might see ranges around 450 kilometers (279 miles) and possibly a choice between 38kWh or 56kWh battery packs. Speed enthusiasts are now left to ponder if the ID.GTI will inherit the ID.3’s 99mph speed cap in Europe.

But there’s more to gawk at. The ID.GTI flaunts a 10.9-inch instrument display that morphs into the Mark 2 Golf GTI’s instrumentation in its Vintage mode. Another eyebrow-raiser is its sprawling heads-up display, which casts performance stats across the windshield.

While the electrified hatchback landscape sees a shift towards SUVs and trucks, Volkswagen boldly bucks the trend with the ID.GTI. Even with a wave of electric trucks and SUVs under VW’s Scout brand on the horizon, the ID.GTI proves the hatchback isn’t retiring without an electric roar. Whether it’s nostalgia or innovation, Volkswagen ensures the “hot hatch” legacy persists.

Photos courtesy of Volkswagen.

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of EVXL.co, where he covers all electric vehicle-related news, covering brands such as Tesla, Ford, GM, BMW, Nissan and others. He fulfills a similar role at the drone news site DroneXL.co. Haye can be reached at haye @ evxl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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