Volkswagen is evaluating a high-performance electric R model based on one of the forthcoming ID range – but will commit to producing it only once it can live up to the badge.
VW recently broke the outright record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the ID R Pikes Peak, described as “an ambassador” for the range. So far, four ID models have been announced and the first, the ID hatch, is due in 2020.
Jost Capito, the boss of the R division, told Autocar: “If we do an R electric car, then it will be a proper R, or else it wouldn’t make sense.”
Asked when an ID R might arrive, Capito said: “We have an idea, based on what’s going on on the racing and production side, but we haven’t defined a date yet. The development [in EV technology] is going too quick that every month you have changes. At some point, you have to say: this is what we want, define it and go for it.”