A hotted-up 'R' version of Volkswagen’s upcoming all-electric ID.3 hatch could arrive as soon as 2024, according to a new international report.
British magazine Autocar (which created the artist impression above) reports senior management at Volkswagen is close to signing off on the ID.3 R project, which would see extra electric grunt added to the standard ID.3 hatch.
This could mean a power increase to 223kW from the standard ID.3’s 150kW, according to Autocar. By comparison, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf R produces 213kW thanks to a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The performance ID.3 R would also likely see the addition of an all-wheel drive system – versus rear-wheel drive in standard ID.3.
“The ID.3 can accept four-wheel drive, although it’s unlikely to receive it during the first generation,” Volkswagen’s development chief Frank Welsch told Autocar.
In a previous interview with the publication, Welsh also said an R variant ID.3 would need “a performance e-motor and four-wheel drive”.
Above and top of story: Autocar's rendering of what the ID.3 R may look like.
Will the Volkswagen ID.3 R electric hot-hatch come to Australia?
While Volkswagen Australia has plans for a local introduction of models from the ID family from 2022 onwards, it says it is too soon to comment on the ID.3 R – however is interested.
“Our performance vehicles remain popular models with Australian buyers,” a Volkswagen Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice. “We would certainly consider offering something like [the ID.3 R] if it was made available.”
Note: Rendered images of the ID.3 R have been sourced from Autocar.
Standard ID.3 prototype