Potent 270-Horse GTI R Coming!
Feb. 3, 2009
Volkswagen is developing a high-performance R version of the 2010 GTI (pictured).
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The new GTI is not even out yet but Volkswagen is already prepping a potent 270-horsepower R version, reports Car And Driver.
The spec list should look like this — VW's current 2.0T turbo four-cylinder pumped up to a brawny 270 horsepower, channeled through a manual or dual-clutch-auto six-speed transmission, and dispatched to the asphalt via 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Expect acceleration from zero to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds or less, with a top speed coming in around 150 MPH.
The exterior should feature an aggressive aerodynamics package.
We knew back in 2007 that the 2.0T was capable of 270 horsepower (see RaVe Concept With 270-Horse 2.0T), so we're pleased as punch to see it slated for production.
Car And Driver suggests the R-tuned hot hatch may be called the R20 Turbo, however, we believe VW should capitalize on the sporty cachet of the GTI and dub it GTI R (similar to the 2006 R GTI show car, see 2006 SEMA: Ultimate 400-Horsepower GTI!).
This news effectively kills the R32, which is essentially an all-wheel-
drive 250-horse V6 GTI that never really lived up to the hype.
Look for official photos and info on the GTI R this spring before the car reaches European dealers later this year and North American dealers sometime after.