Volkswagen ID.3: a supercharged R version of the planned electric compact car

While the first ID.3s should be delivered to the first buyers in the autumn of 2020, Volkswagen could launch an "R" version. This version of the electric compact would be equipped with a 220 kW engine, the equivalent of 300 horsepower for a combustion engine. But the technologies needed to achieve this result are not yet perfected.


With the ID.3, Volkswagen has truly entered the electric age. The electric compact inaugurates the ID series sales catalogue, although several prototypes and concepts have been unveiled in recent years. The adventure will continue this year with the ID.4, for which the German brand has already released the first information. The exhaustive presentation should take place in 2020.

The ID.3 data sheet is very interesting. Its base engine offers 100 kW, which you'll translate into 136 horsepower in thermal equivalent. The First edition is offered with a more powerful 150 kW (201 horsepower) engine. Three battery capacities are available: 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kWh, for a range of 330 kilometres to 550 kilometres. This is a fine competitor for the Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3, whose first deliveries are scheduled for September, with a small delay caused by a software problem.

Objective: a single 220 kW engine

And for those who want a little more power underfoot? According to the British website Autocar, Volkswagen is considering developing a sporty version of the ID.3. A model called "ID.3 R", a reference to the ID R, the electric single-seater that in 2018 broke a record held by Sebastien Loeb on the Nurburgring circuit. Of course, the ID.3 R would not be a competition car, but a consumer model... much more powerful.

The ID.3 R would have a more powerful engine. The British site mentions an engine with 300 horsepower (220 kW). However, according to Volkswagen, current technology would not allow this figure to be reached with a single engine. Today, two engines are needed to achieve this. But the ID.3 is not intended to offer four-wheel drive. It will only be technically possible to reach this figure in 2024. So we will have to be patient. In addition, there is another question about range, even with the largest battery.

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