Volkswagen has very high hopes for the all-electric ID.4 and recently handed the keys to Tanner Foust to test the EV on a circuit.
Prior to the official unveiling of the ID.4, Volkswagen said it could reach a point where it will be selling as many as 500,000 examples annually, easily making it its best-selling electric vehicle. While we will have to wait and see if that lofty goal becomes a reality, Foust seems impressed with how the car handles on a track.
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Of course, VW isn’t suggesting that buyers of the ID.4 should think that by purchasing an ID.4, they are purchasing a track car. Instead, the circuit simply gives Foust an open and safe environment where he is able to assess the vehicle’s handling characteristics. He is impressed with what he discovers, commenting positively on the rear-wheel drive layout of the car, suggesting it reminds him of his original VW Beetle. Of course, Foust races for VW so he’s not going to be critical, is he?
Underpinning the ID.4 is the company’s modular electric drive architecture (MEB) that consists of an electric motor at the rear delivering 201 HP and 228 lb-ft (309 Nm) of torque. This motor is coupled to an 82 kWh battery pack that is good for 250 miles (402 km) of range on the EPA cycle. VW has committed to introducing an all-wheel-drive variant with an additional electric motor and 302 HP in 2021.
The VW ID.4 offers support for AC and DC fast-charging. Plugged in to a DC fast-charging station with 125 kW, the ID.4’s battery can be juiced up from 5 to 80 per cent in 38 minutes.