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New VW Golf R Could Get a 5-Cylinder Engine, if not for Audi Refusal

Volkswagen initially planned Audi’s five-cylinder engine for the new Golf R.

As the Autovisie magazine reports, Volkswagen wanted to use Audi’s award-winning 2.5-liter inline-five TFSI engine in the high-performance version of the eighth-generation Golf, but get rejected.

Audi reasonably fears that the VW Golf R can step on the RS3’s toes.

Moreover, the mentioned engine is made at the Győr plant in Hungary, where Audi builds the A3, S3, RS3, TT, TTS, TT RS, Q3,Q3 Sportback models. As production of the five-cylinder unit is very laborious, the increase in volumes will require drastic changes.

The Golf R Mk8 will likely come later this year with a little output boost from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which achieves 330 hp.

However, the German carmaker has proven it is able to take the 2.0 TSI engine to 394 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.

A hotter R Plus version is rumored to arrive later on, with more potency to compete with the Audi RS3 and even the Mercedes-AMG A45 S.

Photo: previous 2017 Volkswagen Golf R

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