By 2030, Volkswagen’s most popular turbocharged cars will be replaced by electric motors.
According to the message from Coachthe performance brand will “gradually” transition away from its current line-up of petrol and hybrid vehicles as part of Volkswagen’s wider drive to go all-electric in a number of key markets by 2035.
The reports cite Volkswagen as saying that “several electric R models are in the planning stages.”
“We are currently evaluating various concepts and options, but will only offer the R models that meet our requirements. One thing is certain: the future of the R is electric,” Autocar said.
Most of the current Volkswagen R range has a turbocharged version of the same EA888 four-cylinder engine, although Touareg R combines a 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline V6 and an electric motor.
Identity card. The R prototype (above) should set the direction for the future of the ID brand. It holds the current record for climbing Pikes Peak and has 500 kW of power from a twin motor drive.
While it’s possible that we’ll see Volkswagen R products built on the current MEB electric platform, it’s likely that the R brand will push more heavily into electrics when the new SSP platform retires in 2026.
It will be the successor not only to the current all-electric MEB and PPE architectures, but also to the MQB, MSB and MLB architectures currently used for internal combustion engine vehicles.
This means it will be highly scalable, with models on existing architecture ranging in size from light hatchbacks (based on the MQB Paul’s Volkswagen) to full-size luxury sedans (based on the MSB Bentley Flying Spur).
Currently, Volkswagen’s most aggressive electric products are the GTX.
The ID.5 GTX SUV has 220 kW of power and 310 Nm of torque from a twin-motor transmission, similar to the output of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport offered overseas.
However, that’s just short of the 245kW and 420Nm of the upcoming Golf R update.