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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]
Volkswagen will launch an “R GmbH” performance division at the Geneva Auto Show in March, dedicated to producing sporty accessory lines and high-performance models of existing cars. In Europe, VW already offers a Scirocco R and has just introduced the Golf R with 265-hp, 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a long list of upgrades.
An unnamed VW executive told Inside Line that VW aims to make this its equivalent to BMW’s M and Mercedes’ AMG.
It is expected that the new R performance division will also encompass VW’s R-Line performance accessories.
Volkswagen has yet to officially confirm reports, but it’s likely that the new Golf R will be offered in North America, possibly under the GTI-R badge.
We’ll bring you more details of the launch of the new R division with live coverage from the Geneva Auto Show starting March 1st.