Volkswagen is currently looking at the idea of introducing a high performance R-badged electric car, which would be based on one of its upcoming I.D. models.
VW’s head of the R division, Jost Capito recently spoke to Autocar where he hinted that an R-badged electric car could be in the future. “If we do an R electric car, then it will be a proper R, or else it wouldn’t make sense.”
While VW hasn’t made an official decision about an I.D. R model, Capito continued, “We have an idea, based on what’s going on on the racing and production side, but we haven’t defined a date yet. The development [in EV technology] is going too quick that every month you have changes. At some point, you have to say: this is what we want, define it and go for it.”
Right now VW is trying to decide which of the four I.D. models would be the best to receive a high performance version. The team is specifically looking at which vehicle will have the best compromise between performance and usability, which means it would likely be the I.D. hatchback or I.D. Crozz. “You need the space for motors and batteries, and the battery technology. It’s more complex in the past than with performance engines.”