It’s not just hot versions of its current concepts, Volkswagen is reportedly planning a dedicated electric sports car. According to Autocar, the ID sports car will be a two-seater or a 2+2.
Volkswagen has made no secret of the fact that it has handed its ID vehicles over to R GmbH to see what it can do with the platform, but this is the first indication that a dedicated sports car will be based on the platform.
As Jost Capito, head of R GmbH has indicated since Pikes Peak, any performance car based on the MEB platform will put the lessons VW learned from the ID.R into production. That means that it won’t just be a one and done sports car but will have the ability to drive spiritedly and get you home.
Autocar cites an “internal ID sub-brand strategy paper,” which called for the sports car to compete against the Tesla Roadster and to be built assembled by Karmann. If it is to compete against the Tesla Roadster, it will have to post some serious performance figures.
Although the Tesla is not in production yet, it is supposed to be able to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds and complete a quarter-mile in 8.8 seconds. Those figures were announced in 2017, though, and Musk also promised cold gas thrusters like on a space ship so we’ll probably have to wait to see performance figures that aren’t drawn in crayon before we can benchmark the ID sports car against it.
If VW does produce an electric sports car, the more realistic concern will likely be the electric “Boxster” that Porsche is reportedly planning. It will be based on the VW Group’s specifically sporty platform, PPE.
Although specs on this supposed sports car are still scant, it is true that VW has been promising more performance from its EVs. The brand previewed the ER1, an electric take on the Golf R that had no real promise of production but that was “an ambassador for future performance cars for Volkswagen’s R division.”
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