Auf wiedersehen! VW is to ditch the Golf R32 with the R20T, which will not only offer more power but also better "green" credentials.
The ultimate Golf is coming!
Volkswagen is working on a successor to the outgoing Golf R32, which will most likely be badged as the R20T. It will be the most potent Golf yet and will eclipse the GTI as the flagship model.
According to Auto Express VW is not only ditching the R32 name, but also its thirsty 3.2-litre V6. In its place will be a tuned version of the GTI's four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.
A bigger turbo, as well as tweaks to the ECU will give the R20T a power output of about 200kW – 16kW more than the R32's V6. Another advantage is that the engine is lighter, meaning that the R20T's weight should be roughly the same as the GTI.
Expect a 0-100km/h time of around five seconds - almost putting the R20T in M3 territory.
The same engine will power an R20T version of the Scirocco. This was previewed by the Studie R concept at Italy's Bologna Motor Show last year.
VW will probably equip the R20T with all-wheel-drive too, to help put all that power on to the tarmac, as well as provide high levels of grip.
The engine will channel its power through a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or VW’s DSG dual-clutch set-up.
Naturally the R20T will beat the R32 on fuel economy and emit less CO2s.
VW will give the car an even more aggressive look than the R32 with an array of racy design features.
Production is set for 2010.