Sporty electric emotive: Volkswagen presents the ID. GTI Concept show car

  • Volkswagen is showing its extensive current and future product range at the IAA Mobility
  • Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars: “Whether electric, combustion engine or hybrid vehicles, it will be possible to see the complete range of our new brand orientation.”
  • The World premiere of the ID. GTI Concept: the emotive GTI label is being transported into the electric future

Volkswagen is giving its electric offensive an additional boost: by 2027, Volkswagen are Europe’s largest automotive manufacturer will launch eleven new all-electric models and thus offer the widest electric vehicle range of all manufacturers – from a compact car priced at less than 25,000 euros1 through to a family saloon2. In the future, there will also be sporty and emotive GTI versions of selected models from the all-electric ID. family.

The ID. GTI Concept show car presented for the first time at the IAA Mobility in Munich provides a concrete insight into how Volkswagen will transport the iconic GTI label into the electric future. At the international motor show, the new orientation of the brand will be visible in all areas for the first time. Alongside electric vehicles such as the ID. GTI Concept, ID.4, ID.5 and new ID.72, Volkswagen will also continue to offer efficient combustion engine vehicles such as the new generations of the Passat3 and the Tiguan3. In the Open Space on the Odeonsplatz, Volkswagen will also show itself as an approachable brand that is looking to engage in discussions with visitors.

​Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, says: “We have realigned Volkswagen over the course of recent months. Our actions are always focused on the question of what customers expect from us. The complete range of our new orientation will be visible for the first time at the IAA Mobility. Volkswagen is delivering what customers want: whether electric, combustion engine or hybrid vehicles – all our new models impress with enjoyable efficiency, intuitive operation and high quality that is evident in all areas. In this way, we are meeting our promise of once more focusing completely on customer needs.”

100% electric, 100% GTI: the ID. GTI Concept1 brings dynamic and sporty performance to the world of electric mobility

​A reinterpretation of the legendary DNA: the ID. GTI Concept follows the original GTI from 1976 with state-of-theart technologies and sharp design

​Injection becomes Intelligence: the “I” in the magic GTI designation now stands more than ever for the most intelligent solutions in the sports car world

​Fulfils the wishes of GTI fans: the ID. GTI Concept is based on the ID. 2all and will be built as a sports car for the electric age that is suitable for everyday use

Compact dynamics: with its sporty overall concept, the ID. GTI Concept shows the great potential of the future product line


Original GTI shapes the ID. GTI Concept. The first GTI already generated excitement in 1976 with its specific interior design. Back then, sports seats with a chequer pattern, a three-spoke steering wheel with a low impact absorber (which fans lovingly called a ‘spittoon’) and a gear knob in the design of a golf ball were the things that turned a Golf into a GTI. This also works in a similar form in 2023 – but in a completely different and fascinating way.

GTI steering wheel with 12 o’clock marker and GTI Experience Control in golf ball design. The three-spoke steering wheel of the ID. GTI Concept is equipped with an airbag that is located slightly lower down to create a visual bridge to the impact absorber in the Golf GTI I. The illuminated 12 o’clock marker always shows the driver the way. The two horizontal spokes of the multifunction steering wheel each accommodate an easy-grip thumbwheel and two buttons. Among other things, the driver uses these to control the individually configurable digital instruments, the augmented reality head-up display and functions such as audio volume. Since the automatic gearbox is operated by means of a steering column switch, as in the ID.77, the interior designers have transferred the golf ball design of the first GTI gear knob to the multifunction GTI Experience Control in the centre console. The latter is used to control the different driving profiles and the individual looks.

​GTI cockpit. Digital displays inside the concept vehicle allow new designs and functions, making it possible to experience the GTI idea in more varied ways than before. Fundamentally different cockpit looks are available for the instruments of the ID. GTI Concept: the basic configuration is a reflection of the current digital age – with all conceivable information and functions and a sporty GTI graphic design. In the Vintage mode, the GTI Digital Cockpit (27.7 cm / 10.9 inches) in front of the driver is transformed into the instruments of a Golf GTI I from the second series, for example, just like the instruments that were also used in the legendary Pirelli GTI – and a perfect match for the Golf GTI I mode that can be activated with the GTI Experience Contr

​GTI seat with GTI heartbeat. Sports seats were a characteristic feature of the first Golf GTI and the ergonomically designed seats also catch the eye in the new ID. GTI Concept. Their inner surfaces naturally have a reinterpreted GTI chequer pattern. The fabric is called Jack-e (instead of Jacky, the name used for the fabric in the Golf GTI VI). The driver seat backrest is additionally equipped with a pulse sensor (GTI Heartbeat) GTI Interior Concept 13 – a red-pulsating LED element. When the concept vehicle is locked using the remote control, this activates the antitheft alarm and the GTI Heartbeat visible from outside and signals to the driver that the vehicle is secure.

​GTI infotainment and interfaces. The touch display (diagonal: 32.7 cm / 12.9 inches) of the infotainment system is already a near-production version with its intuitive graphics and menu structure. The same applies to the air-conditioning block located under the display. The main air-conditioning functions are controlled here using illuminated buttons. In the middle of the air conditioning block – easily accessible for both driver and front passenger – there is a practical small thumbwheel to adjust the volume of the infotainment system. Located a level further down are two large inductive charging interfaces for smartphones, which are magnetically locked in position. As described above, other vehicle functions are controlled using the GTI Experience Control integrated in the centre console. Numerous USBC interfaces (45 W) distributed throughout the vehicle interior supply power to smartphones. All conceivable larger devices can be powered by a fully usable 230 V socket.

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