Volkswagen Working on Lighter and More Efficient Variant of Golf R
|   Friday, February 07, 2014
Volkswagen is reportedly working on an extreme variant of its latest Golf R. Termed as the Golf R Evo, this one of a kind vehicle is up for a formal launch at the Beijing Motor Show this April. We believe this vehicle is a radical variant of the Golf R, which is already known for its high performance, along with substantially low fuel consumption and practicality. We have come to know of light weight construction technology, which will be used in all future production variants.


It is rumored to be powered by an EA888 engine, which is currently being used in every range topping vehicle in the Volkswagen Group. Standard cylinders have been replaced with ones capable of better induction, which in turn provides performance enhancing modifications. This 2.0 liter turbo charged engine option has been designed by Fritz Eichler – better known as the man in charge of developing Mercedes Benz's AMG Division.

We can therefore rest assured about superior quality from future Volkswagen machines. Mercedes Benz's class leading, 2.0 liter, turbo charged engine, displacing 355 BHP, was the biggest draw for the A45 AMG. The man behind this build was Fritz Eichler. Even though details regarding the Volkswagen Evo R are under wraps, we expect power delivery within 296 - 370 BHP.

Standard torque figures should be within 280 – 332 ft lb, while power should be channeled via a dual clutch six speed transmission system, with four wheel drive and multi plate Haldex electro mechanical clutch. Advancements have been made in terms of combustion technology and driving efficiency. These together enhance power displacement and general ergonomics. The four cylindered 2.0 liter turbo charged engine, expected to be powering the Golf R, is an advanced piece of machinery, capable of displacing close to 400 BHP.

Porsche has been working on a similar engine platform, although various differences can be noted between these designs. Increase in power generation is not the only positive aspect of the Golf R. It is more comfortable, offers latest technology and is more refined than any of the other variants. Slight decrease in weight has been recorded, despite the inclusion of a hybrid drive train.

Track tests are yet to be performed, along with road testing, while Volkswagen could provide a proto type as early as mid 2014. We have been waiting patiently for this vehicle for quite some time now, as Volkswagen promised radical performance figures along with enhanced comfort and space. Boot and interior space is at par with the other variants, as it is based on a similar platform and chassis.

Modifications have been made on the exterior and interior trim level on this vehicle, while major additions include carbon fiber body panels, reducing weight and enhancing general appeal. Insiders say this vehicle weighs approximately 1400 kg, which is light enough for a vehicle in this segment. Volkswagen is also working on an Mk7 platform based V6 engine powered Golf GTI Concept. It is expected to displace near 500 BHP, although much is yet to be known about this variant.
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