Four-wheel-drive and high-output electric motors will allow better acceleration than the current Golf GTI
Rachel Burgess
10 September 2019

An R version of the electric ID 3 will arrive in under five years, using four-wheel drive and performance e-motors, promising even better acceleration than the current Golf GTI.

Volkswagen sales boss Jurgen Stackmann said: “If there is a future for R it must be electric, it’s very simple. It won’t be next year, because we need to define what R is in the electric world."

In the interim, VW will dip its toes in electrified performance with a plug-in hybrid Touareg R, said Stackmann.

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“Clearly the word R means high output combustion engine, and that will now move to higher output plug-in hybrid systems and then it will move onwards to R electric. We need to get firm on our electric vision fast.”Talking about an ID 3 R, Stackmann said the solution must address range and performance.

“Today, if you look at high performance and electric, it’s actually a huge compromise, and you pay the penalty with a small range.

“We should be able to deliver something meaningful in under five years but it takes a team of developers, and it’s tough without a lot of expertise at the moment. We have to start that journey.”

VW R&D chief Frank Welsch said that a performance ID 3 was one of his top priorities to optimise the ID 3 over the coming years. “We should have the same as cars such as the Golf, the GTI and R. People like performance and I’m sure people will love performance in ID cars too.”

He added: “The situation is different - even in the normal ID, we have good performance right from the very beginning, you just touch the pedal and you feel the punch. From 0-60km is like the GTI. No GTI is faster than the ID 3. At the upper end, of course GTI is better.”

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The ID R race car, currently breaking records at various locations around the world including Pikes Peak and the Nurburgring, is key to showing the public that electric performance can be even better than traditional performance, said Welsch.

Talking about requirements for an ID 3 R, he said: “We need four wheel drive and a performance e-motor. It won’t be called GTI, let’s see whether it’s R or something else.”

“In under five years is okay. We have a lot of other work to do with other ID models and the Golf, Tiguan and so on, before then.”

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10 September 2019

 That shouldn’t be hard!, with instant torque, handling?, would be interesting.......

Peter Cavellini.

10 September 2019
(applause and all-round good cheer) Well done VW

11 September 2019

Sounds like the introduction of a GTi/R version might coincide with the introduction of VW's solid-state batteries being co-developed with Quantumscape.

2024 is the target date for volume commercial availability of the batteries.  Makes sense for a high performance derivative to have lighter, more energy-dense and faster charging batteries.

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11 September 2019

Five years to add a 2nd motor to a chassis that was designed to be electric from the start. Tesla laid down the groundwork  to show what the industry needs to do to improve performance.

11 September 2019


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11 September 2019
Agreed with electricvanman.
This is meh. Who knows what car I will be driving in 2024. I don't and I imagine that even of I was interested in an id3 r there will be lots of other cars that I will also me interested in before 2024.

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cynthia bowen

12 September 2019 can get huge performance from EV's but it absolutely destroys the range, it's a lot of weight to be accelerating and while regen can recover some energy it's not enough for agressive braking - though I'm sure it can improve.

Good EV range requires you to make serious compromises, this is why those Tesla's are usually slipstreaming lorries in the LH lane, the guy is doing 60mph with the heater off and his coat on, it's not my idea of luxury.

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