Britain's Auto Express quotes Jurgen Stackmann, Volkswagen's sales and marketing boss, telling the publication at this year's Detroit motor show: "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, with electric cars it is possible to deliver that," further fuelling rumours of a GTI-badged EV.
The I.D. concept develops 125kW from its electric motor, with a claimed driving range of between 400 and 600km.
Volkswagen claims the I.D. can accelerate from 0-100km/h in "under eight seconds", so with an uprated electric motor a sporty GTI version could definitely get close to the current Golf GTI's 6.5-second claim.
Meanwhile, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, Volkswagen's vice president for 'Product Line G4', Christian Senger, further hinted at electric performance models.
"Today we are really successful in having a range of performance, especially at Volkswagen, we need to recreate this with e-mobility," he told Auto Express.
"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."
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