Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Volkswagen drops GTX – electric cars will also be called GTI

After just 3 years, Volkswagen is now putting the GTX designation in the grave and continuing with the GTI name from the petrol cars.

It is not more than 3 years since Volkswagen invented the GTX designation for the performance-oriented electric cars.

But now it's over. The Germans are betting instead on the well-known GTI. In addition, there will be a number of R models. In fact, so many that 'R' is becoming a whole new car brand. Read more about it here .

Starting with the next generation of electric cars, upcoming top models will get GTI and R badges that Volkswagen's gasoline cars have had for decades.

This is what Volkswagen's managing director Thomas Schäfer tells Autocar.

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– GTX is performance that belongs to the MEB platform. But starting with the next products, we will work our way back to GTI and R, says the director.

GTX stands opposite GTI – Grand Touring Injection – not for nothing. Not even in Volkswagen's dictionary. But it is not the first time that the Germans have used the term.

In fact, it already appeared on the Scirocco model in the 1980s, because it was buried and found again in 2021, when the ID.4 electric car got two electric motors. Since then, the emblem has found its way onto several electric cars. But in a little while it will be over.

However, Volkswagen has not yet settled with itself what exactly a GTI model is in the future. Traditionally, it is something with front-wheel drive and a combustion engine. But at least half of that recipe excludes the electric car.

On the other hand, we have the upcoming R models. And here is one thing that it usually is. No R model gets anything other than four-wheel drive.

Read more news from and about the VAG Group right here!

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