By Carl Malek
Volkswagen has been busy working on the finishing touches of its next generation GTI model, and it appears that a horsepower bump is in the cards for the new version of the original hot hatch. This is according to the folks over at Autocar Magazine, who claim that the familiar 2.0 liter turbocharged engine will be tweaked to help increase power from 200 horsepower to a more robust 220 horses. One of these tweaks is the use of a brand new valve lift system developed by Audi. Along with the revised engine, Autocar also states that the upcoming GTI and R variants will feature a brand new electronically controlled mechanically locking differential, which would help improve the performance of both models.
In addition to the reworked engine and diff, Autocar is also reporting that the company will not produce the 207 horsepower GTI cabriolet concept, but instead focus its efforts on pushing the more powerful R version towards final production. Both the GTI and the Golf R cabriolet concepts originally made their respective debuts at the annual VW meet in Worthersee, Austria earlier this year. No official decision has been released by Volkswagen on either models future, but if the report is accurate, it would seem that Volkswagen is favoring the R version because it would perhaps not only help bring bigger profits to the company’s bottom line, but it would also help the new model fit in the company’s current lineup better than the GTI version would.
It would be interesting to see what Volkswagen will do regarding the future of both models, but regardless of what Volkswagen ultimately chooses to do, a decision will have to be made soon. The 270 horsepower EA113 engine that currently powers the current Golf R is scheduled to be put out of production in 2014 due to stricter EU6 emissions standards that will soon take effect in Europe.