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A fully electric version of Volkswagen's iconic Golf GTI hot hatch will launch in 2026, serving as a production version of the ID.GTI concept shown at IAA Munich earlier this year. However, it remains to be seen whether the model will reach American soil.


VW head of design Andreas Mindt confirmed the electric GTI's 2026 arrival on Instagram. "The Golf GTI was first unveiled at the 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show with a production run of 5,000 units," he wrote. "To date, we have sold more than 2.8 million. In 2026, we will introduce an electric version of this iconic model."




The ID.GTI concept broke cover in Munich this past September, serving as a hotter variant of the ID.2all concept, which itself previews the forthcoming ID.2 that's meant to serve as one of the company's cheapest EVs over in Europe. Both concepts are slightly smaller than the current eighth-generation GTI.


The production GTI EV is expected to use the larger of the ID.2's battery packs, a 56-kWh unit that enables fast charging at up to 125 kW and a Euro WLTP range of up to 280 miles. The GTI will probably offer less range than the regular ID.2, as it will obviously place a larger focus on performance enhancements. Output remains a mystery, but we do know that power will surpass the 223-hp rating for the most expensive ID.2. The gas-powered GTI we currently have produces 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and can reach 60 mph in just around 5 seconds. Expect the EV to offer similar metrics, with the exception of a much quicker 0-60 sprint.


As for U.S. availability, Volkswagen does not plan to import the regular ID.2 here as things stand right now. But there's still hope for getting the GTI version, as the current Mk8 Golf is offered exclusively in performance-oriented GTI and R form here in the States. We expect to here more about the electric GTI as its launch grows nearer.


Image Credits: Volkswagen
Future Cars
Dec 31, 2023
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Volkswagen Confirms An Electric GTI Is Coming In 2026, But Will The U.S. Get It?

It will bear lots of resemblance to this year's ID.GTI concept car.

A fully electric version of Volkswagen's iconic Golf GTI hot hatch will launch in 2026, serving as a production version of the ID.GTI concept shown at IAA Munich earlier this year. However, it remains to be seen whether the model will reach American soil.


VW head of design Andreas Mindt confirmed the electric GTI's 2026 arrival on Instagram. "The Golf GTI was first unveiled at the 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show with a production run of 5,000 units," he wrote. "To date, we have sold more than 2.8 million. In 2026, we will introduce an electric version of this iconic model."




The ID.GTI concept broke cover in Munich this past September, serving as a hotter variant of the ID.2all concept, which itself previews the forthcoming ID.2 that's meant to serve as one of the company's cheapest EVs over in Europe. Both concepts are slightly smaller than the current eighth-generation GTI.


The production GTI EV is expected to use the larger of the ID.2's battery packs, a 56-kWh unit that enables fast charging at up to 125 kW and a Euro WLTP range of up to 280 miles. The GTI will probably offer less range than the regular ID.2, as it will obviously place a larger focus on performance enhancements. Output remains a mystery, but we do know that power will surpass the 223-hp rating for the most expensive ID.2. The gas-powered GTI we currently have produces 241 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and can reach 60 mph in just around 5 seconds. Expect the EV to offer similar metrics, with the exception of a much quicker 0-60 sprint.


As for U.S. availability, Volkswagen does not plan to import the regular ID.2 here as things stand right now. But there's still hope for getting the GTI version, as the current Mk8 Golf is offered exclusively in performance-oriented GTI and R form here in the States. We expect to here more about the electric GTI as its launch grows nearer.


Image Credits: Volkswagen

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