Spies catch hot­ter hatch

Things are get­ting heated in the small-car mar­ket, writes PAULGOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

THE new­est chap­ter in the Golf GTi story has not even be­gun in Aus­tralia and the car has al­ready been trumped. The GTi will be here soon but last week a hot­ter hatch was seen in Europe by the Carparazzi scoop crew.

It’s the lat­est mem­ber of Volk­swa­gen’s stove-hot R-car fam­ily, the R20.

The R20 takes over from the out­go­ing Golf R32, which packs a 186kW V6 en­gine and a $56,990 price in Aus­tralia.

The best news is that the R20 cranks out 201kW, ac­cord­ing to Euro­pean sources, even without a V6. In­stead, it has a 2.0-litre tur­bocharged four with di­rect fuel in­jec­tion, a sig­nif­i­cant step up from the sim­i­lar tur­bo­mo­tor used in the Golf GTi.

Per­for­mance is ex­pected to peak with a 0-100km/h sprint time in the low five-sec­ond range and the car will be lim­ited to 250km/h.

Styling of the R20 is as conser- va­tive as any of the mem­bers of the Golf VI fam­ily, though the Carparazzi pic­tures show a more ag­gres­sive treat­ment front and rear.

The R20 is be­ing tweaked at the Nur­bur­gring be­fore go­ing on sale in Europe this year.

With the GTi ex­pected in Aus­tralia at much the same time, the R20 will prob­a­bly be a sec­ond-half ar­rival here nest year.

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