There are real performance gains to be had here too, for those that care about that beyond just the sporty aesthetics. The GTX model produces 295 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, all of with can be sent to variable combinations of the front or rear motors. VW says the GTX usually runs on just its rear motors, spinning up the fronts when it realizes you’re starting to pick up the pace. Basically, it works like the VW Golf R’s Haldex AWD system in reverse.
Frankly, VW would be insane not to bring the GTX trim level stateside. Performance SUVs sell well in America, and VW has said it’s already seeing success with the formula in Europe. Apparently, the ID.4 GTX consists of 40% of ID.4 sales- a staggering number. There will even be an ID. Buzz GTX, which we’d kill to have here on US roads.
Fast EVs like the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV have proven the way to sell Americans EVs is to price them upmarket, and then make them fast. That sounds like the ID.4 GTX to a “T,” and we hope to see this available Stateside soon.