Volkswagen is not letting its offensive against electric cars do without a version intended for those who want to drive fast. As of September last year, reports of an ID.3 R have already scratched the surface, which means there is hope for a high-performance version of the ID.3 electric tailgate range.
And VW has proven that it can indeed make a fast electric car thanks to the ID.R. As you might expect, the ID.3 R is meant to bridge the gap between the all-electric race car and its passenger counterparts.
If you are wondering if ID.3 R will ever materialize, a report from Coach said VW bosses are on the verge of signing the hatch plans. Most importantly, Autocar sources said it would debut in 2024.
While this is not a solid confirmation of the arrival of the ID.3 R, it is still a development compared to last year when a performance electric car was only a pipe dream.
Nothing is set in stone at this stage regarding the specifics of the ID. 3 R. Autocar assumes that it will carry at least 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts), which is a major improvement over the 204 hp (150 kW) and 310 lb-ft (310 Newton-meters) of ID.3 at launch.
Another thing you can expect – or not expect – in the next ID.3 R is the GTX badge. Although these three letters are reserved for high-performance versions of the ID range, VW also keeps it at a distance for ID vehicles with two engines and all-wheel drive, which are suitable for the ID.4 bound for the United States.
An ID.3 all-wheel drive is possible, according to Volkswagen development chief Frank Welsch in an interview with Autocar. However, this option will not be present for the hatchback in its first generation model.