Can it get any better than a Volkswagen GTI? They’re a hoot to drive, they’re practical, they get great mileage and are reliable. Really, can it get better than that? Yes, yes it can. Say hello to the Volkswagen GTI R- Series.
Car and Driver says that VW will bring the R-Series to America, along with a rumored name change to R20, that will feature the mill from the Audi S3. Said engine should crank out around 270 horsepower from the 2.0L turbo engine, which is a 70-horsepower improvement over the standard GTI — something we like. You get to choose from either a standard 6-speed stick or dual clutch DSG transmission that sends power to the front wheels. As you would expect, we’re really big fans of the DSG box and would go that route. The GTI R-Series also features an electronic differential that will try and cope with the inevitable torque steer.
So, we have a nice choice of gear boxes, and going with a turbo four cylinder versus putting something bigger in means that the balance will be better, the overall car will be lighter (which will help with the MPGs) and it will probably be more rev-happy.
Let’s hope this rumor turns out to be true.