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A new report has come out suggesting that the ID.3 R will be coming to market. Autocar is reporting that the bosses at VW are about to sign off the plans for the electric hot hatchback with a debut expected to happen in 2024.

Volkswagen development chief Frank Welsch said the ID 3 R is “something we’re looking at”. He added: “I like the idea, but we have to decide if the market is ready to accept such a model.”

Welsch said the proposed R model would sit at the top of the ID 3 line-up and could be the only pure performance variant.

Volkswagen’s planned electric-specific performance badge, GTX, won’t be used on the ID 3, because it’s reserved for cars with the twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain. While that will fit in the larger ID 4 SUV, the ID 3 is being launched with a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive set-up only.

“The ID 3 can accept four-wheel drive, although it’s unlikely to receive it during the first generation,” Welsch told Autocar. “There will not be a GTX variant, but we’re yet to decide on a rear-wheel-drive R variant.” Last year, Welsch had said such a car “would need a performance e-motor and four-wheel drive”.

The most powerful of the ID 3 launch models offers 201bhp, although the planned R model is expected to have at least 300bhp. However, the performance necessary for an ID 3 R could be made possible by likely developments in EV technology by 2024.

R chief Jost Capito recently told Autocar it was working with Volkswagen’s motorsport arm to see what technology from the performance batteries used in the ID R could be applied to road cars.
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300HP, AWD, but unfortunately, no mention of battery size or range. Hmm, if this becomes a reality in the US, not sure which EV will be next for us ID.3R or Buzz. Maybe we can work out a package deal with the dealer. Package the ID.3R in the back of the Buzz.
 

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I can’t see the battery being anything other than 77kWh. Range will be less than the standard iD3 because of the wider wheels and extra weight.

I‘ve heard the front motor from the iD4 won’t fit so it’ll have to be something new…
 
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