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The ID.4 GTX is the first fast(ish) electric Volkswagen road car

Sporty VW EVs are coming. Twin-motor, 295bhp ID.4 is first up

Published: 28 Apr 2021
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Welcome to the first of many schporty electric road-going Volkswagens – the ID.4 ‘GTX’. Big news is the addition of a second e-motor for all-wheel drive (when required, not all the time) and a reasonable, but not earth-shattering, 295bhp. 

0-62mph takes a claimed 6.2 seconds. Not that quick verses some rivals, but still a worthwhile two-plus second improvement over a normal 201bhp ID.4. Meanwhile the same 77kWh (net) battery as the standard car means the GTX can travel just shy of 300 miles on a charge, and recharges at a max rate of 125kW. 

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What else is new? No doubt VW has made some changes to the ID.4’s suspension setup, but it hasn’t gone into details. We do know it’ll be available with a ‘Sports Package’ that drops the ride height by 15mm, and that adaptive dampers and progressive steering will be on the options list. Fingers crossed it’s a bit more engaging than the standard car. 

If you somehow miss all the badges, identify a GTX by its body-colour sills, revised bumpers and new LED light signature. The wheels are 20-inches as standard, with 21s available as an extra. Subtle. UK prices haven’t been formally announced – but we'd expect the GTX to cost roughly the same as the existing ID.4 ‘Max’ (around £50,000), and for the first cars to arrive in the UK around August. 

All of VW’s flagship, more performance-oriented EVs will wear the GTX badge – in basically the EV equivalent of GTI, GTD and GTE. So expect an ID.3 GTX in due course. 

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