ID. Buzz Gets the Porsche Treatment
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ID. Buzz Gets the Porsche Treatment

ID. Buzz

It’s an obscure Porsche classic, with a twist – and now, it’s back! Meet the VW ID. Buzz Renndienst transporter!

The van will be showcased at eight dealerships in The Netherlands this month as part of Porsche’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The EV’s Renndienst branding is a nod to its ancestor, the Bulli van, which was used to transport Porsche’s race cars from the 1950s until the 1970s. Some vans were even used as makeshift hotels for the racing team.

In November 2020, Porsche revealed the Vision Renndienst as part of the “Porsche Unseen” series of super-secret concepts. Although it wasn’t intended for full production, the futuristic electric van had a central driver’s seat flanked by two passenger seats and three extra seats in the rear, similar to the McLaren F1. Porsche will showcase the Vision Renndienst alongside a VW T1 with a matching red livery to celebrate the ID. Buzz’s launch.

Back in the 1980s, Porsche created the B32 as a support vehicle for the Group B 959 race car in the Paris Dakar rally campaign. Only 15 were produced between 1983 and 1985, featuring a flat-six 3.2-liter engine borrowed from a 911 Carrera S. With 231 horsepower, it could reach 62 mph in about six seconds and top out at 130 mph.

Now, Volkswagen Group is looking to launch a new performance van, with the ID. Buzz receiving the GTX treatment. This performance version will have 250 kW of power, which equals about 335 hp – more than the 295 hp of the ID.4/ID.5 GTX.

Of course, this isn’t the only specialized version of the ID. Buzz out there. Tuners like Irmscher have gone and turned it into a snazzy little camper, while Zyrus Engineering crafted the “Z Buzz” that gave the minibus an aero kit with a rear spoiler, rear diffuser, front splitter, mirror covers, side skirts, and 22-inch wheels.


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