Volkswagen ID X is electric super-saloon with 558bhp

8 months, 2 weeks ago - 12 September 2023, autocar
Volkswagen ID X is electric super-saloon with 558bhp
Hot ID 7 concept envisions a racy, four-wheel-drive rival to the Tesla Model 3 Performance

The Volkswagen ID X Performance concept is a 558bhp electric sports saloon that previews the future of the brand’s performance models. 

Giving hints at what hot Volkswagen EVs will look like, the one-off is comfortably the most powerful Volkswagen to wear numberplates yet, and packs nearly double the power of the brand’s current most potent road-going EVs. 

Revealed at the annual Volkswagen ID Driver’s Club meeting in Switzerland, the ID X Performance follows last week's ID GTI concept as a statement of intent for Volkswagen's electric sports cars. Tellingly, it uses the same ‘X’ moniker as a previous four-wheel-drive performance version of the Volkswagen ID 3, which was quietly revealed in 2021. 

Andreas Reckewerth, Volkswagen's head of technology for the platform, said: “The MEB platform offers many fantastic possibilities for approaching vehicle development with a great deal of creativity. 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. In this way we can show what is possible.”

The firm has not said how closely the ID X concept previews the already-confirmed Volkswagen ID 7 GTX, but Autocar previously reported that the production-spec car will pair the base model’s 282bhp and 402lb ft rear motor with the ID 4 GTX’s 107bhp front motor to give a combined output of around 390bhp. It is possible that a future ‘ID 7 R’ could be more directly inspired by this concept, given the brand has confirmed an electric future for its top-rung performance sub-brand. 

The concept is obviously marked out from the standard ID 7 by its chunky front splitter and rear diffuser made out of carbonfibre, 60mm suspension drop and 20in alloys with 265-section track tyres. Tinted rear lights and a matt grey paint scheme complete the overhaul. 

Power comes from two motors - one on each axle - for a total output of 558bhp. This is 22bhp more than the BMW i4 M50 but 119bhp down on the most powerful Mercedes-AMG EQE 53. Like the AMG, however, the ID X Performance comes with a boost function, which can deliver more power over a short period. 

Volkswagen has not detailed performance figures, but no doubt the hot 4WD ID 7 will surge from 0-62mph in well under 4.0sec, to take it into the realm of the similarly conceived Tesla Model 3 Performance. 

The performance billing is emphasised by an interior trimmed with red accents on the steering wheel and dashboard, carbon bucket seats and Alcantara on the top of the dashboard and door cards. It retains Volkswagen's new 15.0in infotainment touchscreen which operates the latest version of the firm’s MIB infotainment software.

Its range is expected to be slightly down on the ID 7’s 435 miles (assuming it uses the same 86kWh battery), but Volkswagen says it will still be able to charge at a rate of 200kW.

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