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VW to Debut New Golf R in Beijing

By | January 24, 2014
Auto show season is in full swing, and although the Chicago Auto Show is only a few weeks away, Volkswagen has announced its plans to debut a new, high-performance version of the fourth-generation Golf R at the Beijing Motor Show in April. The automaker will use this new model to show off its new driveline and lightweight construction. The new model is expected to run off a beefed up version of the engine currently in the standard Golf R, along with a new induction system and cylinder head. These are just a few of many more performance enhancements that Volkswagen plans to execute on the new model. There hasn't been too much information circulating about the new model, but we expect it to carry the Golf R Evo name. Insiders told Autocar that Volkswagen's head of engine development Fritz Eichler and his team have boosted power from 296 horsepower to around 370 horsepower. During the Detroit Auto Show, Eichler spoke with Autocar, saying that technological advancements have helped with efficiency gains, as well as higher performance. He also went on to say that he expects the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to potentially reach 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Along with added power, the new Golf R model is said to have a lighter body, thanks to carbon fiber body panels. With the weight savings, it's expected that the new model will have a curb weight of around 3,086 pounds. This will be the second most powerful vehicle that Volkswagen will make, coming second to the Golf Design Vision GTI concept. Source: Autocar UK