You know, there are some concepts that just leave me kind of, meh, and then there are other concepts that make me feel all flippity floppy in my tummy because they're so cool and I just want to steal them and use it for my own, nefarious purposes?
Well, Volkswagen's I.D. Buggy concept here at the Geneva Motor Show is definitely giving me all of the feels.
So they took the old Meyers Manx buggy, remember that one?
It was a fiberglass body with no doors, and no roof and it was on top of a beetle chassis.
They took that idea, swapped out that old air cooled engine and instead put in a electric motor on the rear axle that is powered by a 62 kilowatt hour battery.
And this guy has got 155 miles of run Range.
All told, the IV Buggy is putting out 201 horsepower, and 228 pound-feet of torque.
Now, it's not the fastest thing on four wheels.
0 to 60 in about 7.2 seconds, and a top speed of only 99 miles and hour, but who cares?
I mean, this thing is made for the dirt.
It's got beefy tires, skid plates all around, and that interior is even waterproof.
Now this ID Buggy has got seats for two, but you can add two more seats.
There's plenty of room.
And even though it kinda violates the Myers [UNKNOWN] spirit of real wheel drive you can add a second electric motor on the front axle to make it four wheel drive.
But the coolest thing is that this showcases Volkswagen modular electric drive matrix.
So the entire composite body can be lifted off of the chassis and it allows for endless customization.
So will the ID Buggy make it into production?
Well, my first instinct is to say no because it's awesome and awesome stuff never makes it into production.
But Volkswagen's actually really keen on making it a reality.
I mean, it knows it's got plenty of bread and butter vehicles, producing something like this maybe in smaller volume Might just bring back some of us old school enthusiasts.