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VW's hottest Golf yet spied

2009-04-03 14:22

Though Volkswagen’s new Golf GTI has just been unveiled the German carmaker is already plotting an even hotter Golf. Here are the best pictures yet of the Golf R20, which will succeed the R32.

VW is ditching the V6 engine from the R32 and the newcomer will get a tweaked version of VW’s 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, also used in the Audi S3 producing about 197kW.

This should enable the R20 to post a 0-100 km/h time in the low to mid five second range and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

The exterior will carry over many of the new GTI's styling traits but should also include more aggressive front and rear ends and – as visible in our spy-shots – a centre mounted dual exhaust. Initially the R20 will be offered only in three-door hatchback form but a five-door model could eventually be offered down the road.

Volkswagen will officially debut the new Golf R20 on May 21 at the ADAC 24-hour race at Germany's Nürburgring racing circuit – right where we shot the car this morning. European sales will start later this year.

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