The Volkswagen Golf has had hundreds of engine variants since its introduction in 1974. The fourth generation of the EA888 four-pot is the most powerful engine ever installed in the compact hatchback, despite the fact that there used to be a bigger VR6. The Golf R 20 Years Edition’s turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine generates 329 horsepower (245 kilowatts). A recent video from the business’ R division demonstrates how they were able to give the Golf R more power than a standard Golf R.
Although VW is all about electric vehicles these days, its engineers were given the time to work on the all-wheel-drive hot hatch and add another 13 hp (10 kW) into the mix. The four-cylinder mill has gained a little more muscle thanks to modifications to the inlet and exhaust. Because the throttle valve never closes and never allows air to build up in front of it, you always experience an immediate response when you accelerate.
Further turbocharger modifications included improving the anti-lag system by changing the wastegate valve for faster throttle response. Volkswagen will go into more detail about the most potent Golf R in episode 2. This year, the vehicle will be put up for sale in Europe and North America, with a hefty asking price of €59,995 in Germany. There will be a 12-month production run for the 20 Years Edition.
Although the 20 Years Edition is technically not the most robust VW has produced, it is the most potent production Golf ever. The business created a crazy (but functional) GTI W12-650 with a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine from a Bentley Continental GT for the Wörthersee show in 2007. It was a mid-engined concept car with a ridiculous 641 horsepower that could sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and was based on the Golf Mk5. Amazingly, the sprint time for the 20 Years Edition is only 0.9 seconds slower.
Volkswagen unveiled the Golf R400 concept in 2014 with 395 horsepower, but despite being repeatedly photographed undergoing testing at the Nurburgring, a production version was never released. According to rumours, the vehicle was supposed to go by the name R420 and have nearly 415 hp more power than the concept. The cancellation reportedly occurred after Heinz-Jakob Neusser, the R&D director, was compelled to leave his position as a result of Dieselgate.