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Volkswagen’s R line of performance models looks to continue to grow and we’re not just talking about the new Golf R Cabriolet concept that debuted at the annual Worthersee GTI meet this past week.
According to sources inside the German automaker look for more models, with future versions gaining even more power. Likely to arrive first is a Polo R with an up-rated version of the 1.4 twincharger used in the Polo GTI to pump out over 200-hp. (Don’t count on that ever making it to North America though). Then, expect to see a Touareg R with a TDI V8 and excessive amounts of torque. No decision has been made on a Passat R, nor is there any discussion of a Jetta R. Previous reports have also indicated a Beetle R is in the production pipeline.
As enticing as the Passat R sounds, the real issue is finding an appropriate powerplant. Engineers are reportedly toying with turbocharging the VR6 plant, but with that engine nearly having completed its life cycle, a production VR6 turbo is unlikely. The 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder used in cars like the Audi TT-RS and RS3 is also out of the question, with that mill being kept for Audi brand vehicles.
That being said, we won’t see turbo 5-cylinder engines in the next-gen Golf R or Scirocco R either, instead VW will continue to up the output on the current 2.0 TFSI engine, with numbers as high as 300-hp being tossed around for the MK VII Golf R.
[Source: Car & Driver]
The way things are going, Volkswagen‘s annual Worthersee GTI meet might some day be the R meet, with the German automaker continuing to roll out new high-performance R versions of its models.
With the Golf R and Scirocco R already in production, VW is showcasing a concept version of the Golf R Cabriolet at the VW fanboy get-together in Austria, using reaction to inform their decision as to whether or not the car will hit dealers.
Billed as the fastest open-top Golf ever, the car shares the same turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with the standard Golf R making 265-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-62 mph time of under 6.0 seconds.
Along with some custom bodywork, the Cab gets a suspensions that’s been lowered by one-inch, 19-inch wheels with 235 wide tires and upgraded brakes. Inside, the interior is both sporty and luxurious with blue and gray sports seats as well as carbon and piano-black accents.
As of yet the Golf R Cabriolet has not been confirmed for production, but if there is sufficient demand it certainly will be as this “concept” is all but production ready.