• Apr 1, 2009
Volkswagen Golf G20 - Click above for a high-res gallery

Spy shooters have managed to snap a few pictures of Volkswagen's upcoming Golf R20 lapping the Nürburgring in Germany, in this case disguised as a mild-mannered 2.0 TDI.

The new hot hatchback will reportedly be available in both three- and five-door styles, and it will take the place of the now-departed R32. As the name suggests, the R20 will feature a four-cylinder engine displacing just 2.0 liters. Fortunately, that little engine looks to be direct-injected and pressurized by a big 'ol turbocharger, boosting output to an estimated 270 horsepower. Those ponies should be funneled to the front tires (not through all four contact patches as with the R32) through either a standard six-speed manual or VW's excellent DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Expect 0-60 mph times of around five seconds.

Besides the influx of power, VW's new R20 is expected to arrive equipped with a set of upsized brakes cribbed from the Audi A3. We're hoping that rumors of the new VeeDub R20's entrance into the States as a 2010 model come true, but in the meantime, it seems that the car will make its debut at the 24-hour Nürburgring race in May.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't what everyone else is reporting. I've been hearing it's going to be AWD this entire time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's going to be 4motion, it's always been slated to be 4motion, it will be 4motion. Not sure who autoblog's 'sources' who continue to funnel them 'accurate' news are, but they're not working in wolfsburg. Pity they can't get anyone to talk to them in a non Detroit based company and are forced to relegate the task of non domestic info collection to a blogging staff which frequently, like this article, report 'news', a day late (literally) and a dollar short (literally again).

        Stick to what you guys do accurately, reviews. if you want to keep reporting the 'news', get some real sources, or break false info before anyone else. Don't screw it up after everyone's already confirmed what's accurate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've been reading that the R20 would be AWD and also be a Scirocco not a golf.

        I've read this in Wheels Australia and Top Gear Britain magazine!

        what a shame :(

        does that mean there is no Hypo-version of the Scirocco :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is the first I have heard that the R20 will not be AWD as well. I'm curious why makes Autoblog say it will not be. I still hold out hope for AWD though as the sentence on the subject is written with some ambiguity. ("Those ponies SHOULD be funneled...")
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would anyone in their right mind buy a 130i? The car that was 'every bit as bad as the R32 is good'. If that doesn't speak more volumes about a car than anything else, I don't know what does. The R32's not exactly the F430 of the hot hatch crowd.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see you're quoting Clarkson... the most accurate of Car Reviewers :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw a 128i the other day on the road. I wasn't even sure they made them in the US. Seems close to pointless to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        psch, accurate smaccurate, he's entertaining as f*ck, and has a valid point when comparing these two. The 135 has no issues handing the R it's rump in a pure performance contest, the 130 is a completely different animal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this is the R20, what is the big difference between this and a GTI? Just the same 2.0T with higher output, brakes from an A3 and some unique body work? I guess this is fine as long as its much cheaper than the R32 has been. I just don't get the need for two performance versions of the same car when an A3 or TT is so close in price.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Putting large dual exhausts and gratuitous ground effects on their high performance model telegraphs the message that this vehicle is an aspirational model for tuner kids.
      It also attracts attention from traffic cops who love to pull over these little boy racers.
      Isn't their some way VW would consider offering a more low key, sophisticated appearance for the more self-assured over 30 crowd ?
      I like the idea of the car but don't want to be associated with jerky little 20 somethings.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jc,

        Sorry to disagree with you buddy, but I would take this any day over any of the other "hot hatches" out there on the market. This one actually looks to be the more "refined" one out of all them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's called an Audi.

        The R32 is an A3 with a Golf body. There's also the TTwhich shares the same powertrain as well(3.2L VR6 and AWD). All are built off the same platform.

        The past 2 .:R's have had the same powertrain as an up-level A3, it seems to make sense to me that the next one will carry on that tradition and will be mechanically similar to the S3. Considering the hopped-up 2.0T we already know about, I suspect AWD will come along as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @jc:
        VW makes a car for you already. It's called the Passat. It's specifically-geared toward dentists, podiatrists, and all other sorts of whiny dullards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope it also comes with an LSD to handle all that power going to the front wheels
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tss, 270hp in a FWD Golf, who needs that. 200hp is more than enough if you ask me. If you want more power, buy a 130i - a car that can actually handle a lot of horsepower.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the car had more ground clearance I would say the easiest way to resolve the FWD vs AWD theory would be to have someone snap a picture of the back of the car and look for a rear diff... although the only rear shot they have posted doesn't give a clear view under the car :(

      Even as a FWD car though, depending on price point, I don't think VW will have a hard time moving them, as last I checked, Mazda had no problems selling the Mazdaspeed 3, and the Neon based SRT-4 sold pretty well also.

      I would assume if they've bumped output from 200hp to 270hp, there's more than just a "chip" involved, and that they've swapped out the tiny K03 in the GTI, likely with a K04. The aftermarket is often willing to tune more aggressively than an OEM, and with factory cats in place, I can't imagine VW pushing trying to push the little K03 hard enough to produce an additional 70hp, as EGT's would go up dramatically with factory cats in place.

      Tuners typically alter boost, timing & AFR's in order to gain additional power.... whereas OEM's typically don't like to see high EGT's & IAT's from the factory (they like to run more conservative boost pressures), and run most turbo cars fairly rich on purpose, knowing there's always going to be some idiot to run a lower octane fuel (less detonation resistant). At 270hp on 91 octane piss-water with factory emissions equipment/identical compression ratio/same head/cams ect, the little K03 would be FAR out of it's efficiency range. Far enough I doubt VW would be stupid enough to simply "chip" the current GTI and nothing more.

      Hence, I highly doubt this will be just a "chipped" GTI. Likely, instead it will simply be a turbo swapped GTI haha, with a warranty, and possibly more aggressive head/cam profiles. Either way, I guess we'll find out soon enough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it's just FWD, good luck selling a chipped GTI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it's FWD they might have a tricked diff similar to Focus RS' RevoKnuckle. I doubt VW will just take a GTI, add more power and bring to market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it's basically the current GTI with a stage 2 tune and a side of ugly.

      The more I see the 2010 Golf/GTI/R20 the happier I am that I snapped up one of the 2009 GTI's before the ugly tree fell on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hear hear!!! i had the same exact thought. i'm happy with my decision. can't wait for the warranty to run out so i can really mess with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      270 hp and FWD? I guess that puts it squarely in competition with the V6 offerings from Toyota and Honda.

      No thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Scorch:
        Epic Marketing 101 fail there champ... bravo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honda and Toyota have 270HP V6 hatchbacks?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or it places it right in line with the 263hp Mazdaspeed 3 or the 260hp Cobalt SS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      0-60 around 5s?

      So the Focus RS with 300bhp, FWD and an LSD manages it in 5.9 and we're supposed to believe that a similar weighted Golf with 30bhp less manages it around a second quicker?

      Another clue that it's going to be AWD if you ask me. Which you didn't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some of you should probably re-read the article. It's a 270hp DIESEL, which means it's probably got an absurd amount of torque available, which makes it's 0-60 time more reasonable than just repeating it has 270 hp.

      As someone pointed out, it likely does not contain the K03 turbo that the current GTI has, but rather a K04, which helps. All of this is a package that should get well over 30 mpg on the highway.

      This is a tempting vehicle to someone enjoying their MKV.
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