Volkswagen ID.5 GTX Xcite apprentice car revealed

Volkswagen’s latest student car marries an all-electric powertrain with the cool looks and stunning sound system of a show car that would be right at home in a Need for Speed ​​video game.

Nicknamed Volkswagen ID.5 GTX Xcite, this car is the eighth show car built by Volkswagen apprentices in Germany.

Volkswagen Australia has produced a number of similar one-off student cars, with recent examples including a track-ready Arteon Art Car, as well as a shortened time attack ute Amarok V6.

14 second- and third-year apprentices participated in this year’s one-year ID.5 GTX Xcite project.

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The show car is based on a standard Volkswagen ID.5 GTX which is powered by a four-wheel drive configuration that produces a total output of 220kW and 310Nm.

On the outside, there is a widebody kit with widened sills, as well as adapted front and rear fenders.

There are also 22-inch forged aluminum wheels which are black powder coated and have a streamlined design.

The ID.5 GTX Xcite is finished in a golden green paint color that combines a range of matte and gloss paints from the Volkswagen and Lamborghini ranges.

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Inside, there is Alcantara and vegan leather throughout, along with the updated cabin, steering wheel, door trim and roof lining.

The seats, steering wheel and dashboard are embellished with orange stitching, with the front seat headrests featuring the project logo embroidered on them.

The ID.5 GTX Xcite features a stunning sound system designed by the team using equipment from Gladen, Musway and Bang & Olufsen.

The sound system includes 10 amplifiers and a subwoofer and has a total power of 2000 watts.

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In the trunk of the show car is a Teamgee H5 electric skateboard that Volkswagen describes as the “perfect companion” for transporting the last mile.

As recently reported, the usual Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 SUVs could finally land in Australia by the end of 2023 if the company’s local division is successful.

“Overall, Volkswagen is balancing supply and demand, but an expansion of electrification is clearly our goal along with the pursuit of the all-electric ID.4 and ID.5 – in fact, we are working to advance their SOP. [start of production] for Australia until the second half of next year, “said a Volkswagen Australia spokesperson.

There have been a number of setbacks for Volkswagen Australia, which originally planned to launch its first ID. Electric vehicle models in 2022, then in 2023, then sometime in 2023 or 2024.

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The ID.4 and ID.5 are VW’s top candidates to launch its electric hitch in Australia, serving as an electric alternative to the similarly sized Tiguan.

Michal Szaniecki, director of passenger cars for Volkswagen Australia, recently told CarExpert that new electric models such as the ID.4 and ID.5 will offer “much simpler” queues than existing nameplates. .

“Each model will be much simpler than today’s portfolio,” Szaniecki said. “It is very good, it is appreciated by our customers because the choice is much more intuitive, much simpler and much faster.”

“Economically, it is also justified why [customers] they are not lost in an abundance of opportunities.

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