Acceleration to 100 km/h is not a priority for Volkswagen ROctober 7, 2020
VW’s future high-performance electric vehicles should remain fun to drive, according to Volkswagen’s R division.
It is not yet known when the fight between automakers for horsepower will end. Undoubtedly, car performance peaks in straight-line driving, and companies like Tesla continue to push the boundaries of opportunity. But there are some industry leaders who still believe that driving pleasure should come first.
Gordon Murray is one such example. Despite the extremely powerful V12 engine of his T.50, he insists that driving pleasure is the top priority. Exotic aside, the Mazda MX-5 is proof that driving pleasure and powerful acceleration don’t always have to coexist. Now the head of the Volkswagen R division, Jost Kapito, says the same.
“Pure acceleration doesn’t matter,” Capito said, referring to future electrified powertrains that could be fitted to the R-branded VW. “It’s more about how you accelerate from 60 to 100 km / h because it’s really fun. We are all for high-performance vehicles that prioritize handling rather than optimal acceleration times. ”
However, as far as the upcoming Golf R is concerned, there will be no electrification transition, as Yost said earlier this year the model won’t even go hybrid. However, the Volkswagen EV’s high-performance sports car was previously hinted at by CEO Ralph Brandstatter. It is possible that the stylish Volkswagen Arteon R. will receive an electric version.
The highly flexible MEB platform, which already underlies the new ID.4 electric vehicle, can be used for a future sports car of this type. It’s hard to say how long we will have to wait for an electric vehicle with an R badge, but the Golf R definitely has an old-school combustion engine under the hood, confirming the familiar engine sound of the test prototypes. Whether electric or not, future VW R vehicles will continue to be fun to drive.
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