According to Auto Express UK, the R20T will be replacing the 3.2 V6 powered Volkswagen R32 with a tuned version of the GTi 2.0 four cylinder turbocharged engine. This is said to produce around 270HP when the ECU is tweaked which is 20HP more than the outgoing model. Weight will be reduced and is said to weigh about the same as the Golf GTI.
0 – 60 figures are said to be in the region of 5 seconds which will go on to do 155mph (limited). The same engine can be seen in the R20 T Scirocco which was featured in the Bologna Motor Show in 2008. Fuel economy and emissions will be much lower due to the choices made by VW and it will further be aided by either its DSG twin clutch gearbox or a six speed manual gear box.
Nothing has been confirmed but for the first time, VW might be fitting an all wheel-drive setup to the R20T which will channel all that power on to the tarmac more effectively. The twin exhaust is said to feature a ‘sound-optimized’ system and is placed in the middle of the rear.
Grip and handling on the road is increased by a front and back spoiler, diffuser under body, wider tires and lowered suspension. Styling has changed as it will feature integrated LED headlights. The R20 T is expected to be seen in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race in May and is expected to go on sale in the UK early next year. Prices are said to 25,000 GBP for a 3 door and 27 000 for a 5 door.