Hot 335 HP Volkswagen ID Buzz GTX Performance Van Planned for This Year
The 2023 Volkswagen ID4 electric SUV is available in the U.S. with 295 horsepower and all-wheel drive, but that version is branded elsewhere in the world as the GTX, a designation for sporty VWs going back decades. The ID4 GTX was the first electric VW to get the “GTX” performance branding, and thus introduced the sporty treatment to VW’s growing range of EVs going forward. It was therefore inevitable that more of the ID range would get GTX’d; now it’s the VW ID Buzz’s turn and it’s packing plenty of power, according to the latest reports.
Autocar reports that VW’s head of research and development Kai Gruenitz recently spoke at a 2023 Car of the Year event (not, you know, ours), confirming that an ID Buzz GTX is in the cards for production, at least in Europe, by the end of this year. “The GTX will be a cool high-performance version,” Gruenitz announced, “with 250 kW [335 horsepower], a dedicated interior, new exterior colours [sic] and some additional features,” according to Gruenitz via Autocar. The report goes on to claim the Buzz GTX will also be a dual-motor setup offering all-wheel drive, and that a possible non-GTX all-wheel drive ID Buzz is also on the table for consideration in Europe.
In the U.S., the only version of the ID Buzz confirmed for our market so far is a longer wheelbase three-row variant that seats up to six or seven passengers. It’ll be good for 295 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque from an all-wheel drive, dual-motor powertrain—likely that lower-output, AWD setup referred to above. There’s been no mention of a hotter version for the U.S. just yet, and a Volkswagen representative confirmed to MotorTrend in an email that no GTX-branded models will be coming to our market, so this one’s out of the cards—at least under that name.
Interestingly, Gruenitz mentioned the European long wheelbase model, which is likely close to the U.S. version, will have the option of captain’s chairs that can swivel around. He also mentioned that the “first concept” of “a camper version” is currently in development, which Autocar estimates to arrive around 2025, possibly dubbed the California version. Again, it’s not clear if something like that will come to the U.S. just yet. VW reps did not address MotorTrend‘s inquiry about the possible California model, so we’ll have to wait and see.
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