Currently, the Golf R has a 300 PS engine sending power to all four wheels, as opposed to just the front ones like on the GTD. Volkswagen can easily swap the petrol engine for a new diesel that will blow the competition away.
BiTurbo TDIThat engine is already built and available in the new Passat B8. A 2-liter TDI biturbo unit pushes out 240 PS (176 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. That's 56 PS and 120 Nm more than the GTD. It's impossible to keep all that torque in check on a front-wheel drive car, which is just as well, since the Golf R has all-wheel drive.
Performance would be hugely impressive, since the heavier Passat needs 6.1 seconds to reach 100 km/h before hitting a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). In a Golf, the 240 PS diesel's time would drop to around 5.5 seconds.
So why haven't they built it already?An efficient, very fast Golf with mountains of torque seems like a great idea. But there are a few problems. Jelden said the 2.0 BiTDI is the heaviest engine fitted to an MQB car at the moment.
Just to give you an idea, a new Passat 2.0 TDI with 150 PS weighs almost exactly 1.5 tons. With the 240 PS biturbo TDI, that rises to an almost unbelievable 1,721 kilograms. Installing a Passat motor into the Golf is not that hard, since the two share mounting points, but it cold push the R to about 1.6 tons.
If you think the Golf GTD R is a bad idea or, on the contrary, would like to buy one, let us know with a short comment. What do we think? It can't possible be any heavier than the old 3.2-liter V6.