Volkswagen GTI-R with AWD ready to roll

Volkswagen GTI-R with AWD ready to roll

VW Golf GTI-R fq

The much rumored Volkswagen Scirocco R20T never made it to the Geneva Motor Show, but according to a car magazine, VW has something else up its sleeve for this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Reports are coming in about the imminent arrival of the Volkswagen Golf GTI-R, a hotter version of VW’s iconic hatch with a more powerful variant of the turbocharged 2.0-litre turning all four wheels.

The turbo’d four-pot is related to the Audi S3’s powerplant, so power is expected to be up and over 260 hp. According to these reports, a major element of the GTI-R is weight reduction, so VW has opted to use the 2.0-litre turbo over its 3.2-litre V6. The supposed weight-loss regime might come in the form of lighter structural and body components, along with a more spartan interior that won’t infringe on the premium confines of the R32 and Scirocco. Then again, with the additional weight of the AWD system — versus the Focus RS and Renaultsport Megane 250, which both use a smart trick front differential to limit torque steer — the overall weight could still be more than the standard GTI. The GTI-R should debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, with sales beginning in early 2010.

VW Golf GTI-R fq

The much rumored Volkswagen Scirocco R20T never made it to the Geneva Motor Show, but according to a car magazine, VW has something else up its sleeve for this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Reports are coming in about the imminent arrival of the Volkswagen Golf GTI-R, a hotter version of VW’s iconic hatch with a more powerful variant of the turbocharged 2.0-litre turning all four wheels.

The turbo’d four-pot is related to the Audi S3’s powerplant, so power is expected to be up and over 260 hp. According to these reports, a major element of the GTI-R is weight reduction, so VW has opted to use the 2.0-litre turbo over its 3.2-litre V6. The supposed weight-loss regime might come in the form of lighter structural and body components, along with a more spartan interior that won’t infringe on the premium confines of the R32 and Scirocco. Then again, with the additional weight of the AWD system — versus the Focus RS and Renaultsport Megane 250, which both use a smart trick front differential to limit torque steer — the overall weight could still be more than the standard GTI. The GTI-R should debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, with sales beginning in early 2010.

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