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by Matt Brogan

Volkswagen is to launch its Golf R20T hatch at the Geneva Motor Show in a bid to take on the might of Ford’s Focus RS, Subaru’s WRX STi and Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution.

Utilising the combination of a lightweight body and tuned 2.0-litre turbocharged engine (as the name suggests), the R20T is a direct replacement for the R32, being referred to within VW as the R-Series Turbo.

VW is ditching the R32 name, along with the 3.2-litre V6 that’s powered the previous two cars, due mainly to cost rationalisation and more stringent Euro emission standards.

With a bigger turbo and ECU upgrades the R20T will develop 202kW meaning sub five second 0-100 times (top speed will be electronically limited to 250km/h).

The same engine will power an R20T version of the Scirocco – as previewed by the Studie R concept at Italy’s Bologna Motor Show last year.

Although VW did not confirm whether the Golf would be driven by the front or all four wheels, the latter is more likely given the grip levels required to match the outgoing R32.

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The R20T will be available with either a of a six-speed manual gearbox or VW’s DSG box and will feature additional external enhancements including a deeper front spoiler, LED daytime running lights, flared wheel arches to accommodate wider rims and tyres, tuned exhaust, roof spoiler, underbody diffuser and lowered sports suspension

There is no word yet on pricing or Australian availability.

Source: Auto Express UK




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