Volkswagen considering additional R models
Australian auto news site Motoring.com.au cites VW powertrain chief Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser as saying that additional R models are both technically possible and under consideration. The Golf R 400 concept (pictured above) that was showcased in Beijing is one possibility, but Neusser hinted that R versions of the Polo and Passat were also under consideration. That is, at least, for the European and other markets where the Polo and Euro-spec Passat are sold. VW labels its rally machine as the Polo R WRC but has only offered a short run of roadgoing Polo Rs in Europe, and offered a similarly exclusive R32 version of the previous Passat with 300 horsepower.
Although details would still evidently need to be worked out, Neusser indicated that a new longitudinal six-cylinder engine was under development, and that turbocharging that engine could end up powering new performance models (though more likely the Passat than the pint-sized Polo, naturally) – especially when paired to 4Motion all-wheel drive: something which the Golf R offers but the Scirocco R does not.
Though technically feasible, Neusser says that the prospect of production additional R variants would likely come down more to commercial considerations than technical ones. In other words, VW could make more R models, if only the public would want them.
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