MUNICH -- Volkswagen brand will launch a performance version of its upcoming small battery-electric car using its GTI badge.
VW previewed the high-powered small EV with the ID GTI concept. The car was unveiled on Sunday ahead of the IAA Mobility auto show in Munich, which takes place from Sept. 5 to 14.
"We are transporting the GTI DNA into the electric age," VW brand CEO Thomas Schaefer, said in a statement.
The ID GTI harks back to the original Golf GTI that was first revealed 48 years ago at the 1975 IAA Frankfurt auto show.
Original GTI details that are echoed in the concept include a golf ball inspired central controller in place of the original golf ball gear shifter, and a chequer patterned interior fabric that recalls the original tartan seats.
Drivers can choose a "Vintage mode" setting for the digital cockpit that brings up a recreation of the dials from the Mk2 Golf GTI.
The concept also features the GTI's signature red surround to the radiator grille, which is filled in because electric cars do not need an air flow to cool a combustion engine.
The original Golf GTI kick-started a trend for so-called hot hatchbacks across Europe which brought extra performance and visual differences to ordinary small cars without dramatically increasing the cost.