While the international competition is stepping on the gas when it comes to the engine performance of their electric models, Volkswagen is looking down the drain, at least on paper. That should be over soon. Because while middle-class competitors from South Korea or the USA now offer 400, 500 or even more horsepower in their volume models, the ID models on the group's modular electric kit capped out at around 221 kW / 300 hp. First, the study of the ID 3 GTX with 265 kW / 360 PS gave a glimpse of a powerful future and now the rustic ID Extreme indicates that there may be a lot more to come. The premiere location is the electric ID meeting in Locarno, which took place for the second time on the shore of Lake Maggiore, based on the model of the GTI meeting at Wörthersee.
With the VW ID Extreme, it's not just about the engine performance, because this is still restrained compared to many a competitor. But the extreme VW ID shows that the Wolfsburg-based company can also imagine a significantly more cross vehicle based on ID4 / ID5. "The ID. Xtreme is made by enthusiasts at Volkswagen for ID enthusiasts here in Locarno. We are curious to see how electromobility fans will react to the vehicle. Based on the feedback from our community, we will decide how to proceed with the project," adds Silke Bagschik.
In addition to the performance upgrade, the ID Extreme offers, among other things, a rally chassis, 18-inch off-road wheels, a modified crash carrier with a special front bumper and fenders that are five centimeters wider on each side. Additional LED lighting in the front apron and on the roof complete the right-hand off-road appearance. For riding off-road, the off-roader also has a closed aluminum underbody that protects the battery pack and the axles from damage. The driving noise is emitted to the outside via a sound generator in the wheel housing. In the interior, the near-series study offers Alcantara applications and a modified seat system. It remains to be seen whether the VW ID Extreme will have a chance of being used in series production.