Volkswagen on Friday presented the ID.X Performance concept at 2023 ID.Treffen, a gathering of VW electric vehicle enthusiasts that takes place annually in Locarno, Switzerland.
The concept relies on VW’s ID.7 electric hatch that is slated for launch within the U.S. next 12 months, and hints at what a performance-tuned version of considered one of VW’s ID EVs. It follows the ID.GTI hot hatch concept unveiled just per week ago.
“It was clear to us that we desired to base our latest show automobile on the ID.7 and that we might concentrate on enhancing the performance,” Andreas Reckewerth, VW’s head of technology for the MEB EV platform, said in a press release. “In this fashion we are able to show what is feasible.”
The ID.X Performance concept packs a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system generating a peak 551 hp, in addition to a differential lock on the rear axle to assist goal torque on the rear wheels during high-speed cornering. The torque vectoring is controlled via VW’s Vehicle Dynamics Manager which has various modes the motive force can select using the infotainment screen.
The battery is the 86-kwh unit that VW will make available on the ID.7 in most markets. The battery will be charged at rates of up 200 kw, enabling rapid charge times using a DC fast charger. The U.S. is believed to receive a 77-kwh battery with a maximum charging rate of 170 kw as the only battery for the ID.7, though final specifications for the U.S. have not been announced.
Beyond the powertrain, the ID.X Performance concept advantages from typical performance upgrades like lowered suspension with stiffened springs, increased toe angle, and 20-inch wheels with racing slick tires. The aerodynamics were also tweaked for increased downforce, achieved via a front splitter, rear diffuser, and rear wing.
There is no indication VW plans to place the ID.X Performance into production. Nevertheless, the automaker in 2021 unveiled the 328-hp ID.X concept based on the ID.3 hatch and recently an ID.3 prototype sporting an all-wheel-drive powertrain with potentially greater than 300 hp has been spotted testing. Perhaps VW has something similar planned for the ID.7.
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