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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR comes to life as orders now being accepted

German carmaker Volkswagen is now making the latest evolution of the new Volkswagen Golf GTI -- the new Golf GTI TCR. First unveiled as a concept at the annual GTI meeting in Worthersee, Austria, the new Golf GTI TCR is touted to be the most hardcore, most powerful and the fastest Golf GTI ever. Interested customers in Germany can now order the new Golf GTI TCR at a starting price of EUR38,950 (around $44,356) including VAT.

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is basically the street going version of the same-named racing car that won the international TCR racing series two times. It is powered by a version of the carmaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is tuned to deliver up to 286 hp (213 kW) of max output. Power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – the only option -- with a limited-slip front differential.

With this amount of power, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR is capable of sprinting from nil to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in just 5.6 seconds, on its way to a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). However, when a customer avails of a certain option (Vmax), the Golf GTI TCR can go as fast as 162 mph (260 km/h).

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High-powered Hyundai i30N hatchback keeps the VW Golf GTI on its toes

Hyundai revealed to the press that it doesn’t plan on breaking any kind of top speed records with its newest N performance line. That is because the brand mainly focuses on the comfort and pleasure of driving its two new hatchbacks. When it comes to fun, the VW Golf GTI may be the first thing that comes to mind but the Korean automaker boldly claims that they might have beaten the said hatchback.

Albert Biermann, former head of BMW’s M division and the current head of Hyundai’s M division, shared to Australian publication Car Advice some details regarding the brand’s first high performance hatchback, the i30 N. He mentioned that the goal of this car is to make sure it is fun to drive daily, despite it being track-focused.

The automaker’s plan for the i30 N was to have it be a closer fit for the track than a Golf GTI could ever be. He also said that many GTIs can be taken to the track, but a standard GTI isn’t the same. Furthermore, regular GTIs are not as fun to drive, at the same time, they don’t have as strong a character.

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Check out this VW T-Roc GTI on but don't get your hopes up

Volkswagen recently just announced their first compact crossover for Europe, that is the stylish T-Roc. However, they also made it clear that only the Polo and Golf hatchbacks will be getting the GTI treatment. This means that we should not expect the Passat or Touareg in a Grand Touring Injection variant. With that being said, you cannot stop artists from rendering what they’ve imagined, and this time, it is a T-Roc GTI. That was quick considering that the CUV only made its world premiere a few days ago.

Without a doubt, the sporty version of the T-Roc will get the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine from the Golf GTI that can produce as much as 245 horsepower. The GTI Performance upgrade is currently available in Europe. But just because VW is not planning a GTI treatment for the T-Roc doesn’t mean it will not have any other variants. And sources say that there may be a chance for a T-Roc R that is a little more powerful with 310 horsepower engine just like the Golf R.

This was because Herbert Diess, VW chairman, said a few months ago that he would like to consider a more powerful all-wheel-drive T-Roc R. To further support this statement, sources that are close to Wolfsburg have told Autocar that the company’s head asked his engineers to build a development car. If Diess sends the go signal, then expect the T-Roc R to go on production, and it should be ready after the Tiguan R’s release. The Tiguan R is another hot AWD that a lot of us are expecting to see, with a five-cylinder 2.5 liter engine just like the Audi RS3 supposedly.

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VW offers performance upgrades for 2017 Golf R hot hatch

When Volkswagen released the 2017 VW Golf R, quite a number of people got excited about its increased power and more aggressive looks. However, some people weren’t that impressed about the Golf R. It seems VW has heard these qualms and is now moving to make the Golf R more impressive than before.

To make the Golf R hotter than before, the German carmaker has decided to offer a number of performance upgrades. Installing these upgrades would allow the Golf R to become an essentially better performer. These include the installation of a new exhaust and new brakes as well as semi-slick tires for track use.

In the case of the new exhaust, VW chose to tap Akrapovic, a Slovenian maker of premium exhaust systems for high performance cars and bikes. Since the performance exhaust system for the VW Golf R is made from titanium, it is lighter than the standard tailpipes. When installed, these tailpipes from Akrapovic help give the VW Golf R a set of “completely new acoustics.”

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If you are an avid follower of the World Rally Championship, you might be familiar with Jost Capito, the person who led Volkswagen to bag 3 successive titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Now the German automaker recently announced that the German motorsport manager extraordinaire has returned and will lead the company's "R" performance division.

Jost Capito, a former Formula 1 driver, is appointed as the new Managing Director of Volkswagen R that will take effect on June 1. Volkswagen R GmbH is the competence center for design and performance based products, the Germans boast. Capito will also manage the VW Zubehor' s activities- Zubehor is the German automaker's department that produces and sells vehicle accessories in different parts of the world.

He will take the place of Ulrich Richter (58), who had been the managing director of VW R since 2009. But Richter will not be departing VW as he will continue to work for the German automaker as he is also the Plant Manager at Osnabruck as Speaker of the Management Board and Managing Director, Technical of VW Osnabruck since October 2016 even though the former Karmann facility doesn't produce that much.

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The next generation of the Volkswagen Golf GTI could be a hybrid unit when it is launched to the market in 2020. As a hybrid, the Golf GTI will be powered by the carmaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine as complemented by an integrated starter motor and a 48V electric system, according to AutoCar, citing sources privy to Volkswagen research and development chief Frank Welsch.

This development comes as Volkswagen has just refreshed the looks of the seventh generation of the Golf GTI. Likewise, the carmaker is in the midst of developing the next generation (eighth gen) of the VW Golf, which is bound to be introduced for the 2020 model year in 2019. The German carmaker is well expected to release the GTI version of the Golf a year later. It will boast of a higher performance than a regular Golf, and an electrified version of the 2.0-liter petrol engine could well serve the purpose. However, the exhaust gas turbocharger in the 2.0-liter gasoline engine will be replaced by an electrically operated compressor.

The current generation of the VW Golf GTI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine – with direct injection -- that delivers 210 hp of peak output at 4,500 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of max torque available at 1,500 rpm. On Sport trim or higher, the max engine output is higher at 220 hp. But for the eighth generation of the VW Golf GTI, the carmaker is working to reach intended power levels similar to those of the VW Golf GTI Clubsport.

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Volkswagen continues to provide more details and images of its much-awaited Volkswagen Golf R all-wheel drive flagship. Overall, the 2017 VW Golf R Facelift looks more handsome and more aggressive than its predecessors with power that is a bit higher.

Judging from the looks of the new VW Golf R, the flagship sports the same exterior update – like its revised radiator grille, redesigned bumper with larger openings as well as new LED headlamps. On the sides, the latest Golf R features new, double-five-spoke wheels. On the rear, the new 2017 VW Golf R features new taillights with a new LED pattern as well as larger lamps on its rear bumper.

Inside, there are no noticeable revisions on the cabin of the new 2017 VW Golf R – the interior remains almost the same visually as the 2016 model. However, the update comes in the form of technologies. For instance, the interior of the new 2017 VW Golf R comes with a 12.3-inch new fully digital instrument cluster that offers up to five different information profiles. It also features a new touchscreen that is fitted with gesture control technology.

Read the entire article 2017 VW Golf R Facelift offers more power, updated design

Back in April at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, Volkswagen introduced the Golf R 400 Concept a.k.a. the most powerful version of the Golf and now everyone is waiting for the production version. Still, if you don’t want to wait until the hot hatch arrives, Oettinger offers you’re a 400 hp version of the current Golf VII R.

Set to make its official debut at the 2014 Worthersee GTI meeting, the Oettinger Golf R comes with a larger turbocharger, a completely new exhaust system and some modifications brought to the engine management.

As a result, the 2.0-liter engine delivers 400 hp and 500 Nm of torque (369 lb-ft). For those who don’t know, the standard engine of the Golf R generates 296 hp and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, when using the dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and has a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph.

Read the entire article Oettinger unveils a 400 hp Volkswagen Golf VII R [w/video]

Volkswagen of America has disclosed that the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR will have a starting price of $29,995 six-speed manual transmission models and $31,095 for six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic versions. Volkswagen will just build around 3,500 Beetle GSR for global sales. The vehicle takes its cue from the GSR (“Yellow Black Racer”) of the 1970s, thus its yellow-and-black color scheme.

Yellow dominates the model’s body and R-Line bumpers while black governs the hood, trunklid, roof, and the exterior mirror caps. The model boasts of yellow/black stripes with “GSR” lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler. The Beetle GSR features 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 tires and black-painted brake calipers.

The vehicle’s interior features a yellow/black theme, sport seats, and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. The GSR’s black-trimmed leather seating surfaces and high-grip leather-wrapped steering wheel have contrasting yellow stitching.

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Order books are now open for UK fans to get the Volkswagen GSR model. It was 40 years ago that the original Beetle GSR was launched in Europe. The Beetle GSR, which features a distinct design and potent 210 PS turbocharged engine, was presented at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The Beetle GSR is a true limited edition, with only 3,500 samples to be available around the world.

Of this figure, 100 of them are meant for UK buyers. The famous predecessor of the GSR is the ‘Yellow-Black Racer’ based on the Beetle 1303 S. It was introduced 4 decades ago. NB ‘GSR’ is short for ‘Gelb-Schwarze Renner’, the German term for ‘Gold-Black Racer’.

Just 3,500 units of the original model were produced too. What Volkswagen accomplished was to make a reinterpretation of the concept of the 1970’s GSR for the modern generation. Yellow was chosen for the color of the new version’s body, similar to the previous GSR. Matt black was used on the bonnet and the bootlid of the 1973 Beetle as well as on its bumpers.

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Seven new variants of the Volkswagen Golf will be launched within the next 12 months. One of these is the top-of-the-range 286bhp Golf R version. The other Golfs to have their performance boosted are the GTI and GTD models. The extremely fuel-economic BlueMotion variant and an all electric version named eGolf are at the other side of the scale.

Then there’s the four wheel-drive 4Motion Golfs as well as a new Golf estate. The Golf R is at the top of this new range. The Golf R, which is closely linked to the new Audi S3, will be the regular production Golf with the most power ever, says Autocar.

Its 2.0 TSI engine delivers 286bhp and 280lb ft. When the Golf R will be powered by the six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, it can accelerate from zero to 62mph in only 5.0sec and hit a limited top speed of 155mph.

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As Volkswagen aims to expand its presence in quick-growing SUV segments, it has delayed the launch of the production versions of the Volkswagen BlueSport sports car and the Volkswagen Bulli retro MPV concept. VW’s R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg spoke at the Paris motor show and said that VW has to develop more SUVs, with the supermini-SUV segment – dominated by the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke.

VW believes that VW has to have an entry in this specific market. Hackenberg implied that the launch of this model is expected in 2014. It will be based on VW’s new MQB platform and will utilize the new petrol and diesel engines that VW has created for the architecture. Hackenberg said that the BlueSport was ready for production but it won’t arrive in showrooms yet as VW has yet to make a business case.

Hackenberg added that this segment is currently falling so if the proposal is made now, it will fail. This is the same reason why the Bulli concept, which debuted at last year’s Geneva motor show, can’t go any further. A Polo coupe had also been suspended due to this reason. This was presaged by a a Giugiaro-penned concept that was seen at the 2011 Geneva show.

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Alongside the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf, the automaker will be offering a limited run, lightweight performance version of the GTi. Spy images of the GTi test mule were taken while it was subjected to testing in Germany. The 'carbon Golf GTi' will extensively use carbonfibre and aluminium. The carbon GTi was developed partly to pay tribute to the original, pared-down GTi.

Lightweight aluminium will be used on the front bulkhead, windscreen surround and floor panels while hi-tech carbonfiber will be used for the roof and bonnet. The use of these advanced materials will result to a 200kg drop in the kerb weight of the carbon GTi (to 1125kg) when compared to the outgoing model.

According to Autocar, the lightweight Golf will demonstrate how VW will make use of advanced materials. It is actually reminiscent of the original GTi’s agility and simplicity that had a weight of only 810kg.

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Images of Volkswagen’s prototype version of a new top-of-the-line R model while it was being tested in Germany have recently come out. Apparently, Volkswagen is committed to make sure that its seventh-generation Golf line-up in record speed. It’s likely that the new Golf R will enter the Mk7 lineup by late next year, which is over a year earlier than expected.

It will probably get rid of the existing ‘EA113’ 2.0 turbo engine and instead, it will use the ‘EA888’ unit, which is more modern, says Autocar. The new 2.0-litre turbo four-pot, which will be used in the upcoming Audi S3, will be equipped with Audi’s patented valve lift system together with the newest in piezo-valve-guided direct injection. There has been confirmation yet however.

Nevertheless, VW executives have dropped hints that the power will be given a slight boost. It’s likely to peak higher than the 266bhp of the outgoing model to around 276bhp.

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The poor sales of VW’s mid-engined Blue Sport two-seater have made it very hard to justify investments for the model. This means that its future may be in jeopardy. The main obstacle is the US market, where the model isn’t seen as a priority even with a plan that by 2018, its sales will nearly treble 800,000 units.

VW of America boss Jonathan Browning said that to achieve this figure, the company doesn’t have to continue to add to its lineup of models. Instead, the focus is on its core models. The biggest market in the world for sports cars is the U.S. Placing Blue Sport on low priority means that VW can’t get near the 50,000 or higher annual global production it requires to get the green light for production.

Uli Hackenberg, VW’s engineering boss, said that the engineering for the Blue Sport has been completed. The next major step is the business case. Hackenberg said that the project doesn’t have an official release date yet.

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The upcoming Beetle R that will be offered in Europe will be fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant that will have an output of 270hp. Many fans got disappointed when Car and Driver announced recently that the vehicle will not have the same power rating as the Golf and Scirocco and that it would only be able to manage 240hp.

When details about the Golf R20 meant for the U.S. market came out, observers suspected that only the U.S. model will have this power rating as it would have to meet EPA emissions regulations.

German car magazine Auto, Motor und Sport had reported that the new Beetle R will have a power rating that’s comparable to the Golf R and Scirocco R at 270hp. As this car would be a front-wheel drive model, no advanced four-wheel drive will be offered.

Read the entire article Vw Beetle R will get 270 hp in Europe, U.S. version will be less powerful

To get an edge at the World Rally Championship, Volkswagen has prepared an extreme performance version of its Polo. VW confirmed the details just last week.

Previously, VW didn’t allow its performance division, R GmbH, to create an extreme version of its small hatchback because it would have a difficult time of making a business case for an incredibly fast small car that would be very expensive. The rally car mock-up that was shown off at the launch featured enormous amounts of R branding and has been given the label of ‘Polo R WRC’.

VW board member Ulrich Hackenberg told Autocar that the WRC campaign, which is based around the Polo and will begin in 2013, will mean that a variant beyond the current GTI is “more likely.”

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Volkswagen will launch an innovative new sporty hybrid system in the sixth-generation Jetta that will go beyond what’s expected of current mainstream hybrids as it offers increased performance and economy.

Jetta technical project manager Michael Hinz said in an interview with Autocar, that it didn’t want to do what experienced hybrid makers like Toyota or Honda were doing.

He added that VW aimed for “something unique.” Hinz said that hybrid systems can be used to enhance power or raise efficiency. He indicated that to boost power, a turbocharged petrol engine is preferred. But for economy, he pointed to a diesel-electric system route.

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As part of a move to expand its R performance range, Volkswagen will use its new, sixth-generation Jetta saloon, according to the latest reports from Autocar.

In fact, VW displayed a version equipped with a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine with an “unspecified” power output at the Mk6 Jetta’s European launch in Munich last week.

This engine is mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox and its 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Earlier this year, VW’s R division was spun off as a separate in-house company.

Read the entire article Report: Volkswagen Jetta R will be built, if the market wants it

If you wanted to buy a sporty version of the 2011 Passat, you should drop this plan as the German manufacturer announced that a more powerful version of its most popular car is not currently in its agenda. This means that we will not see yet a successor of the powerful Passat R36, which was powered by a 3.6-liter FSI V6 engine delivering almost 300 hp.

The Passat R36 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.6 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

The Passat R36 was also fitted with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper, new side sills, a rear bumper, new wheels, as well as new interior accessories such as sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and Recaro sport buckets.

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