Spies catch hotter hatch
Things are getting heated in the small-car market, writes PAULGOVER
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.