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We Hear: 365-HP Volkswagen Golf R Evo Headed to Beijing

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The previous-generation Volkswagen Golf R was often criticized ( by us ) for not being quite hot enough. The U.S.-spec 2015 Volkswagen Golf R that debuted recently in Detroit certainly looked to quash any notion that the new Golf R wouldn't be hot enough, with an optional DSG gearbox and 290 hp on tap. And yet rumor has it that lighter, faster, and more powerful version called the Volkswagen Golf R Evo is coming.

Set to debut at the Beijing Motor Show in May, Autocar reports that the VW Golf R Evo will be powered by a tweaked 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 making 365 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque – a 75 hp and 52 lb-ft of torque gain versus the regular U.S.-spec Golf R. The Golf R Evo's small, yet powerful engine output puts it on par with the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, which makes perfect sense considering Fritz Eichler, the bad man responsible for the AMG four-pot is now head of VW engine development.

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The Golf R Evo will send its power to a Haldex all-wheel drive system via a beefed-up six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Volkswagen Golf R Evo will also supposedly feature a few carbon fiber body panels, a stripped-out interior and sub-3000 pound curb weight.

Production of the Volkswagen Golf R Evo is far from confirmed, but it's rumored to be in consideration for limited production.

Source: Autocar


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