GTI’s all-electric future – What lies ahead for VW’s hot hatch?

VW’s all-electric ID range likely to grow to include performance cars

VW has revealed that it plans to expand its range of future electric vehicles to include sportier models. These performance-orientated cars will be part of the brand’s all-electric ‘ID’ line-up, but may carry VW’s legendary GTI badge. Until now the GTI badge has been synonymous with petrol-powered hot hatches. Other sporty Golfs, with either diesel or electric power, have been labelled GTD or GTE respectively. But the GTI concept as we know it looks set to change as VW moves towards electric drivetrains.

The ID range was launched at 2016’s Paris motor show with the ID Concept, a Golf-sized hatchback with an all-electric drivetrain and autonomous driving capabilities. VW declared the ID Concept’s aesthetics would set the style for its future electric cars. This year another electric concept was revealed in the form of the ID Buzz, an electric people carrier with more than a hint of VW’s old camper van about it. Both of these ID concepts are expected to make production by 2020.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The ID range will continue to expand, eventually including the aforementioned sportier models. When speaking to evo’s sister magazine, Auto Express, Jürgen Stackmann, head of sales and marketing at Volkswagen, said: ‘I think the formula of GTI will change – it will not be the same formula that took us here. But to have an exhilarating, fun-to-own, fun-to-drive car.’

The GTI badge first appeared in 1974 on the Mk1 Golf and has been around ever since. Some of VW’s most accomplished drivers’ cars have been GTIs and the badge brings with it an almost unrivalled reputation for combining fun with everyday usability. 

> Click here to read our review of the Volkswagen Golf GTI

The latest car to be adorned with the famous three letters is one of VW’s greatest, the Golf GTI Clubsport S. It’s a car that oozes quality and impressed us so much it came second in our 2016 Car of the Year test, finishing ahead of the McLaren 570S, Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2 and BMW M4 GTS.

VW believes it can replicate the typical GTI attributes with an electric car, and that could even result in a four-wheel-drive GTI. Christian Senger, Volkswagen’s vice president of product line, also speaking to Auto Express, said: ‘We can start with a rational approach, the car performing quite well every day. But then we can scale up. More range, more acceleration, more charging points for the money and maybe also four-wheel drive.’

We expect the ID range to grow to the extent that it will mirror VW’s current line-up of petrol and diesel cars. That will mean SUVs and crossovers, but also an electric coupe to match the Scirocco.

Recommended

Visit/volkswagen/golf-gti/22866/new-2020-volkswagen-golf-gti-tech-insights-revealed-plus-details-on-the
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI tech insights revealed - plus details on the GTE and GTD

15 May 2020
Visit/ford/fiesta/18022/five-fast-ford-fiestas-celebrating-small-hot-fords
Ford Fiesta hatchback

Five fast Ford Fiestas – celebrating small, hot Fords

22 Sep 2020
Visit/honda/civic-type-r/203112/honda-civic-type-r-gt-2020-review-still-king-of-the-hot-hatch-crop
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

Honda Civic Type R GT 2020 review – still king of the hot hatch crop?

22 Sep 2020

Most Popular

Visit/mclaren/203132/mclaren-765lt-2020-review-latest-long-tail-returns-to-reset-the-status-quo
McLaren

McLaren 765LT 2020 review – latest Long Tail returns to reset the status quo

McLaren’s latest Long Tail fulfills its brief in once again pushing the supercar to the next level, the 765LT just has to prove its magic on the road …
29 Sep 2020
Visit/lexus/203133/lexus-lc500-cabriolet-2020-review-eccentric-convertible-is-as-glamorous-as-it-looks
Lexus LC

Lexus LC500 Convertible 2020 review – eccentric cabriolet is as glamorous as it looks

The eccentric LC500 cabriolet is better than a boulevard cruiser and feels every inch the halo product Lexus intended
29 Sep 2020
Visit/ford/mustang/201971/ford-mustang-mach-e-gt-turns-up-electric-suv-to-459bhp
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT turns up electric SUV to 459bhp

The all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV has gained a hot GT variant, rivalling Tesla’s Model Y Performance
28 Sep 2020
Visit/porsche/panamera/203126/porsche-panamera-turbo-s-2020-review
Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera Turbo S 2020 review 

Monster straight-line pace and impressive handling, but the Panamera sweet spot is found elsewhere
26 Sep 2020