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VW’s new ID.7 GTX is a powerful streamliner EV

Published: 04 June 2024 Updated: 04 June 2024

► New VW ID.7 GTX revealed
► All-wheel drive power, big space
► Available as hatch or Tourer estate

VW is rolling out more of its GTX models, with the new ID.7 getting the warmed-up electric sub-brand treatment. First we saw the Tourer estate model, revealed at the same time as the ID.3 GTX. Now the ‘fastback’ hatch version has emerged from beneath the covers.

In general, the ID.7 GTX manages to become one of VW’s most powerful current models, with the Tourer estate version now becoming the brand’s highest-power estate ever.

Those power claims hold up: the ID.7 GTX hatch and Tourer benefit from a total of 335bhp via two electric motors – more than a Golf R, or even something like the Passat R36 from the late 2000’s. A 0-62mph sprint isn’t quoted, but VW says the ID.7 GTX can top out at 112mph.

The GTX version comes as standard with an 86kWh battery pack, promising a range of up to 388 miles on a charge. Up to 200kW DC charging is standard, too.

As for the design, GTX models can be finished in this rather bold Kings Red. There’s quite a small colour palette available here: red, white, silver or black. Inside, the GTX model benefits from sporty seats finished in a microfibre-like material and flashes of red in the trimmings.

GTX models naturally come with their own slightly sportier bodykit, with a bespoke daytime running light signature at the front and bespoke wheel designs. For the ID.7 GTX, a panoramic glass roof is standard that uses polymer-dispersed liquid crystals to transform the glass from transparent to opaque. And, like the ID.7 Tourer, both the front and rear VW badges glow.

VW says orders will open later in spring 2024.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches