Volkswagen has revealed a wild, dual-motor electric sports sedan based on the new ID.7 that shows the potential of the brand’s MEB architecture.
The Volkswagen ID.X Performance has borrowed the liftback silhouette from the ID.7 it’s based on, adding sporty aesthetic additions alongside performance enhancements.
While the standard ID.7 has a single, rear-mounted electric motor with 210kW of power and 545Nm of torque, the ID.X Performance has almost twice as much power at 411kW.
All-wheel drive is enabled by a rear-mounted permanently excited synchronous motor paired with an additional asynchronous motor on the front axle. There’s also a boost function.
Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed the size of the battery but did say that it will be capable of short charging times with a charging capacity of up to 200kW.
The concept sits 60mm lower than the regular ID.7 thanks to a sport suspension setup with stiffer springs, which Volkswagen claims will improve vehicle handling and agility.
Carbon fibre is used for the front splitter and rear diffuser, as well as for the massive rear wing.
A full-width rear light bar featuring tinted tail lights is decorated with an illuminated VW badge in the centre.
The concept sits on 20-inch centre-locking alloy wheels shod in size 265 racing tyres.
The exterior features various red accents, which continue into the interior.
The colour can be seen across the dash, steering wheel, and on the race-style carbon bucket seats.
As on the regular ID.7, there’s a large central infotainment screen with a 17cm diagonal, a steering column-mounted gear selector, and a slim digital instrument cluster.
The ID.7 rides on Volkswagen’s MEB architecture, which underpins almost all of the brand’s EVs, including the ID.3 and ID.4.
“The MEB offers many fantastic possibilities for approaching vehicle development with a great deal of creativity,” said Andreas Reckewerth, Head of Technology Office MEB.
“It was clear to us that we wanted to base our new show car on the ID.7 and that we would focus on enhancing the performance.”
Volkswagen is presenting the ID.X Performance at the ID.Treffen, a meet for ID enthusiasts, in Lago Maggiore, Switzerland.
The company hasn’t confirmed if the ID.X Performance will reach production.
It confirmed and teased a flagship ID.7 GTX earlier this year, which was expected to make its debut at the Munich motor show last week.
VW’s Accelerate electrification strategy aims to achieve 70 per cent electric vehicle (EV) sales volume by 2030 in Europe under the Volkswagen brand, and 50 per cent in markets like the US and China.
Volkswagen also plans to be all-electric in Europe by 2035.
The brand’s first electric vehicles in Australia, the ID.4 and ID.5 electric SUVs, will arrive in Australia in the first half of 2024 complete with sporty GTX flagships.
Australia will also get the ID.3 GTX electric hot hatch alongside the regular ID.3 due later in 2024.
Volkswagen is yet to unveil the production-spec ID.3 GTX.