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VW reveals TWO new performance ‘GTX’ models

Now you’re talking - Volkswagen is about to launch performance ‘GTX’ versions of its electric ID.3 hatchback and the ID.7 Tourer estate.

If you’re familiar with VW’s range, you’ll know that we’ve already got potent GTX variants of the ID.4 and the ID.5 SUVs - both of which get oomph of 340 PS.

Now VW is handing that GTX baton to the ID.3, which has been decidedly mild-mannered up until now, as well as the very recently launched ID.7 Tourer.

Let’s start with the ID.3 GTX first.

It’ll be available with two different power outputs - 286 PS with the ‘GTX’, or 326 PS with the ‘GTX Performance’ model.

Both cars get a 79 kWh battery and 545 Nm of torque, while the GTX Performance will be capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in just 5.6 seconds. Despite all of that get-up-and-go, the ID.3 GTX should still be capable of covering up to 372 miles between charges.

VW talks about the ID.3 GTX being a bedfellow of the petrol-powered, 300 PS Golf GTI Clubsport, both of which ‘share the same fascinating lightness when they accelerate’.

But perhaps a better comparison is with the latest CUPRA Born - another electric hot hatch which is very much a sibling car to the ID.3, with both cars falling under the umbrella of parent company the Volkswagen Group.

The latest ‘VZ’ version of the Born also comes with power of 326 PS, just like the ID.3 GTX Performance, and has an almost-identical acceleration time.

As you might expect, the ID.3 GTX looks much more aggressive than the common-or-garden ID.3.

There’s a GTX-specific front bumper with revised air intake, and new daytime running lights. It has also been handed funkier side sills and a new rear diffuser.

Large 20-inch rims are standard, as are sports seats in the cabin, and an interior that’s awash with decorative red stitching. The more powerful ID.3 GTX Performance also comes with DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) adaptive chassis control, which lets you set the running gear according to your wishes, so that you can really dial-in the handling and precision.

It’s a similar story for the ID.7 GTX Tourer - which VW describes as the ‘most powerful Volkswagen estate built to date’.

An 86 kWh battery provides power of 340 PS, and VW’s ‘4MOTION’ all-wheel drive capabilities come as standard. While 0-62mph acceleration times haven’t yet been confirmed, you can expect it to get up to that speed in well under 6.0 seconds.

The ID.7 GTX Tourer will have a range of up to 388 miles, as well as rapid 200 kW charging capabilities, which can take the energy in the battery from 10 to 80 per cent in less than 30 minutes.

Just like the ID.3 GTX, the GTX Tourer also looks altogether more aggressive than the regular ID.7 - which is available as both a saloon and estate.

It gets a unique honeycomb grille, illuminated badges, and GTX style flourishes in the interior. What’s more, you also enjoy a massive 605-litre boot as well as a decent 1,400 kg towing capacity.

Speaking about the ID.7 GTX Tourer, Kai Grünitz, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for Development, said: “The ID.7 GTX Tourer paves the way for a new type of sporty mobility by combining the spaciousness of a large estate with the performance of a sports car. What is fascinating here is the instantaneous punch with which the electric motors provide their maximum output and torque in fractions of a second.”

Both cars will get full launches in the coming weeks - so watch this space.

Want even more good news? An ID. Buzz GTX van is also on the way, with full details still to be revealed!

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Friday, 17/05/2024