Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Latest Intel: Volkswagen Mk7 GTI and Golf R/RS

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A recent report is hitting the news today following the Mk7 spy video release.
Several sources are stating that the next Volkswagen Golf GTI will be coming with 260 horsepower from the 2.0L turbo four-cylinder. Any VW fan will tell you that an APR or Revo flash of the ECU can bring power up to that level. The big question is not how, but why Volkswagen could be making such a huge jump in power when the typical bump between models has been modest around 20hp. If this is true, it does place the next "R" above 300hp and still keep open the possibility of a 340-370hp Golf RS materializing.

Volkswagen has already confirmed that the GTI will use an aluminum structure roof and floor to save weight. The Mk7 will also have a new "VAQ" (electronically-controlled front differential lock) that will give the car “more agile steering behavior”. The system has already proven it's 8 seconds faster around the Nürburgring than the Mk6.

We have also heard that the next "R" version Golf will focus on light-weight with a carbon fiber roof and possibly hood/hatch. The aluminum treatment on the GTI is expected to carry over on the "R" as well.

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