VW R vehicles will get diesel engines, AWD

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 23, 2011

The recently established VW R division believes that it has a foolproof approach to attract customers that like speed. In an Autoblog interview, Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter, the division's Executive Director, and Dr. Hendrik Muth, R's marketing head, said that diesel and all-wheel-drive are the pathways to be followed.

This hints that the next R-badged vehicle would be a diesel version of the Golf R.

Furthermore, Richter said that that the division can work on any vehicle in the VW range so it’s likely that there will be a CC R and a Beetle R soon.

He also said that the company doesn’t believe in hybrids as the benefits of this powertrain could be attained by reducing the car’s weight by 100 kg (220 lbs). He added that the components that lead to weight loss like carbon fiber are very costly.

This likely means that there will be aluminum developments in the future. This is reasonable since Audi has experience in this area.

Volkswagen Golf R, as seen at the 2009 IAA, shows us that even high-end sports cars can use less fuel without compromising performance. Each new R model that comes out is given the "strongest Golf of all times." The new model gives you 270 PS of power at 6,000 rpm, showing that the German carmaker is dead set to continue that tradition.

The previous R offered 250 PS and consumed 10.7 litres for every 100 kilometres, while the new R is not only more powerful but it only uses up 8.5 litres to go the same 100 kilometers, helping you save 21% more! The latest Volkswagen Golf R emits only 199 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide, down from 255 g/km from the previous model. The latest R was again conceptualised by Volkswagen Individual.

The performance data has similarly been improved. The new R goes from 0 km/h to 100km/ in just 5.7 seconds, faster than the 6.5 seconds you see on the previous model. It also takes only 25.4 seconds for the new car to cover 1,000 meters, beating the Golf R32’s record of 26.7 seconds. You can opt to get the DSG gearbox that allows you to accelerate to 100 km/h 0.2 seconds faster, while consuming only 8.4 litres of petrol to cover 100 kilometers.

If you think that this somehow involved magic, think again. The improvements you see here are the result of significant downsizing. While the older R has a displacement done with 3.2 liters and six cylinders, the new R makes do with four cylinders and 2.0 liters of displacement.

This configuration is much better than a classic six cylinder with multi-point injection. Further, listen to the VW Golf GTI where a four cylinder was used and compare it to how the new Golf R would sound like, and how much wider its sound range is.

Topics: vw, diesel, awd

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