Volkswagen‘s legacy of iconic GTI models, known for their sporty performance and affordability, has been reborn in the electric era with the unveiling of the Volkswagen ID.GTI Concept EV. This groundbreaking concept car, introduced at the 2023 IAA Mobility show in Frankfurt, Germany, is set to redefine the future of electric sports cars. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key features and innovations of the Volkswagen ID.GTI Concept EV.
The Evolution of GTI
Volkswagen‘s GTI lineage dates back to the 1976 Golf GTI, a car that pioneered the hot hatch segment. The “I” in GTI originally stood for “fuel-injected,” signifying its performance-oriented nature. Now, nearly five decades later, the ID.GTI Concept carries on this legacy, but with a twist – the “I” now represents “intelligence.”
Sporty and Affordable
The ID.GTI Concept is not only sporty but also affordable, with an estimated price of around $27,000. It’s based on the shortened MEB modular electric platform, making it a compact and budget-friendly option for electric vehicle enthusiasts.
A Digital Throwback
This electric GTI doesn’t just borrow the name; it also pays homage to its predecessors with a range of nostalgic features. The ID.GTI offers a suite of drive modes that mimic the driving characteristics of iconic GTIs from the past. From sound effects to simulated shift points, the ID.GTI can recreate the driving experience of the original 1976 GTI, the 16-valve GTI Mark 2 from ’86, and the 2001 GTI Mark 4.
Beyond its retro charm, the ID.GTI Concept incorporates cutting-edge technology. It features a front-axle differential lock and a traction-control system, marking the first time these elements are included in a battery-powered GTI. The Vehicle Dynamics Manager optimizes powertrain integration, allowing for customizable powertrain characteristics to suit individual preferences.
The Electric GTI Future
While the ID.GTI is currently just a concept, Volkswagen plans to start production in 2026. Although the exact pricing remains undisclosed, it’s expected to be slightly higher than the ID.2all. This electric GTI promises to bring the perfect combination of driving pleasure and sustainability to a new generation of Volkswagen fans.
Volkswagen is clearly committed to the electric future, with plans to launch eleven new all-electric models by 2027. The ID.GTI Concept represents the evolution of the iconic GTI brand into the age of electric mobility, ensuring that the spirit of the GTI lives on.
As Volkswagen continues its electric offensive, the ID.GTI Concept EV is a testament to the brand’s ability to blend tradition and innovation, delivering a thrilling and sustainable driving experience for the modern era. Click here for more details.