VW unveils 322 hp ID.3 GTX EV Hot Hatch and 335 hp ID.7 GTX Wagon

  • Volkswagen has unveiled two sporty EVs for Europe: the ID.3 GTX and ID.7 GTX Tourer
  • The ID.3 GTX hatchback has up to 322 hp and 402 Nm of torque, which is sent exclusively to the rear wheels.
  • The ID.7 GTX Tourer is a sleek station wagon equipped with an all-wheel drive system with dual motors, good for 335 hp.

For Volkswagen enthusiasts, the letters “GTI” carry a lot of weight. Almost 50 years ago, when the original Golf GTI was first shown in 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But with the dawn of the electric era, fast VW enthusiasts will have to get used to a new name. Meet the ID.3 GTX, the brand’s first electric hot hatch, and the ID.7 GTX Tourer, a sporty electric station wagon. Unfortunately, neither is destined to reach American shores.

Volkswagen already unveiled GTX versions of the ID.4 crossover and ID.5 coupe SUV for Europe in 2021, both of which use the twin-motor powertrain found in all-wheel drive ID.4s sold in America. However, the new ID.3 GTX and ID.7 GTX Tourer are the first sporty electric Volkswagens to really blow our minds, thanks to their striking hatchback and station wagon body styles.

Electric GTI successor

The ID.3 GTX comes in two guises. The standard version comes with 282 hp, while the Performance model increases that to 322 hp. That means the total output of the permanent synchronous motor is more than that of the gas GTI on the low end and above that of the Golf R on the electric Performance model. Both GTX versions produce 402 pound-feet of torque and are rear-wheel drive. Volkswagen says the standard GTX will reach 60 mph in 6.0 seconds, while the Performance model will reach the same speed in 5.6 ticks. Based on our tests with the sporty gasoline-powered Golfs, these figures seem conservative. The top speed for the two EV models is 180 and 200 km/h respectively.

Volkswagen id3 gtx from 2024

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For optimal weight distribution, a battery with a capacity of 79.0 kWh has been placed in the middle of the floor. The ID.3 GTX can charge up to 175 kW, with the battery going from 10 to 80 percent in just 26 minutes when connected to a DC fast charger. Volkswagen predicts a range of around 600 kilometers under Europe’s more optimistic WLTP test cycle.

The GTX model is distinguished from the ho-hum ID.3s by a new front bumper with a black air intake and boomerang-shaped daytime running lights. Gloss black also appears on the new rear diffuser and the rest of the exterior trim; snazzy 20-inch wheels are standard. The base GTX has 215 section width tires, while the Performance wears 235s. Inside, the GTX gets sports seats with red stitching that extends to the steering wheel. The launch of the GTX also coincides with the arrival of an upgraded infotainment system via the 12.9-inch touchscreen.

Volkswagen id3 gtx from 2024

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Powerful long roof

The ID.7 GTX Tourer has a slightly more powerful drivetrain, with dual motors delivering 335 hp to all four wheels. The permanent synchronous motor on the rear axle is the same 282 hp motor as in the ID.3 GTX, while the front axle uses an asynchronous motor that delivers 108 hp. Top speed is limited to 180 km/h, but no acceleration figures have been shared.

Volkswagen id7 gtx tourer from 2024

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The battery of the ID.7 GTX has a capacity of 86.0 kWh and can be charged up to 200 kW. According to Volkswagen, charging the battery from 10 to 80 percent is expected to take less than 30 minutes. No range figures were mentioned, but the extra power and addition of all-wheel drive should put it below the ID.7 Tourer’s normal WLTP figure of 426 miles, despite the larger battery capacity.

The ID.7 GTX Tourer features a similar bumper design to the ID.3 GTX, along with identical 20-inch wheels and gloss black trim. The interior gets similar upgrades with more heavily bolstered front seats that are heated and feature red piping. Red stitching also appears on the dashboard, doors and steering wheel.

Volkswagen id7 gtx tourer from 2024

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Sales of the VW ID.3 GTX and ID.7 GTX Tourer will start this year in Europe, but unfortunately we will have to admire these sporty EVs from afar. The company has given no indication of bringing the compact ID.3 to the United States, and while the US will receive the sedan version of the ID.7 this year, the wagon won’t be among them.

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Caleb Miller started blogging about cars at the age of 13, and he realized his dream of writing for a car magazine after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and joining the Car and driver team. He enjoys quirky and obscure cars, with a goal of one day owning something as bizarre as a Nissan S-Cargo, and is an avid motorsport fan.

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