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Coming to America: Volkswagen GTI R-Series

Mmmmmm. Another item for the lottery list.

From Autoblog:

“Coming to America: Volkswagen GTI R-Series

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As good as the Volkswagen GTI is, an infusion of extra power couldn’t possibly hurt. VW’s GTI R32 was a highly refined car, but buyers quickly realized that the 3.2L VR6’s 250 horsepower was barely enough to compensate for the engine’s added weight over the standard GTI’s 2.0L turbo four and the R32’s heavy all-wheel drive system. What’s more, the R32 was short-lived; it’s no longer available for the 2009 model year. Enter the GTI R-Series.

According to Car and Driver, VW will bring the R-Series to the United States, possibly to be named R20, featuring the powerplant from the Audi S3. Expect around 270 horsepower from a high-pressure 2.0L turbo engine – a 70-horsepower improvement over the standard GTI. That power will be funneled through either a standard 6-speed stick or dual clutch DSG transmission to the front wheels. Like some other high-power front-wheel drive cars, an electronic differential will try and cope with the inevitable torque steer.

As much as we’d love to see the big 3.6L V6 engine from the Passat stuffed under the GTI’s hood, a small turbo four will likely make for a better handling package along with reasonably good fuel economy – definitely something to look forward to later this year as a 2010 model. Thanks for the tip, other man!

[Source: Car and Driver]

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Test Drive

Test drove some cars today. 

VW Tiguan: Fun to drive, roomy in the front and back seats. Almost like a GTI in handling. Comfortable ride. Seems quite versatile. Typically solid interior fit and finish. And this was on the S edition. SE brings roof rack, improved seat material (IMHO, not a whole lot nicer), improved audio. I think the S is pretty solid in and of itself. 


Jetta TDI: 40+ MPG with diesel, even better in real-world conditions. It is mated to a DSG transmission which I didn’t notice (possibly because there were no paddle shifters? They would seem a bit out of place on a diesel.) My impression: it seemed to putter around town with only minimal pushing on the pedal. Huh. After all I’d heard about the torque with the TDI, I was almost disappointed. Almost, until I stomped on the pedal. It took off. Just took off. Huh. Also noticed some wierd vibrations at certain RPM’s, I guess the kind one would expect in a diesel. In the end, I still might buy one someday just because how…novel the car drove. It was unique and fun, well appointed at standard entries without fuzz.

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