Going fast and having fun have been components of automotive appeal forever, and lairy pumped-up versions of everyday cars don’t seem to be going anywhere after the dawn of the EV age. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is an EV you can clutch-kick, the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is available with Magneride, and now Volkswagen’s teasing us all with with ID.X Performance concept.
It’s safe to say that X is the raunchiest, wildest, most-boundary-pushing letter in the Latin alphabet, and Volkswagen’s aiming to please. This fast four-door starts with Volkswagen’s ID.7 electric sedan, the effective replacement for both the Arteon and the Passat. However, as the Passat R36 proved, a humble sedan can pack a ton of visual appeal and performance.
The first thing most people will notice about the Volkswagen ID.X Performance is its fitment — extremely Porsche-looking centerlock alloy wheels covered by fender flares the size of Weber barbecue lids. How do you say “Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody” in German? Add in a wing that ought to be FAA-regulated and devilish red detailing around aggro new fascias, and the ID.X Performance might just be the wildest Volkswagen concept car since the Vision GTI. Of course, it also helps that this thing’s been dropped 2.4 inches to sit lower than my grades in college, but what can I say? Functional low cars are cool.
Just because the Volkswagen ID.X Performance looks ready for SEMA doesn’t mean it’s all bark and no bite. The German automaker has been fiddling with the electric motors to deliver something truly tantalizing. How does a combined output of 550 horsepower sound? Even better, sheer grunt isn’t the only thing this new motor setup has to offer. Volkswagen claims the rear drive unit is, well, extra-special.
The drive torque is controlled by a Vehicle Dynamics Manager, which also manages operation of the rear axle differential lock in the ID.X Performance.
Oh, hello there. Hopefully this is a true mechanical limited-slip rear differential instead of brake-based trickery, because as anyone who’s driven a car with a limited-slip rear differential will tell you, the real thing is a barrel of fun. I pledge allegiance to rotation, do you?
As it stands, the Volkswagen ID.X Performance is merely a concept, although I wouldn’t be surprised if more aggro electric Volkswagens appear in the future. Judging by the ID. GTI concept, the future will still be fun even if you don’t have swimming pools of cash like Scrooge McDuck. Just like EVs in general, electric performance cars are bound to get cheaper as time goes on, and during a seismic shift like this, hope is positively vital.
(Photo credits: Volkswagen)
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