Internally dubbed “R-Series Turbo,’ the folks at AutoExpress are now suggesting that VW’s pending performance model will be called R20 or R20T, alphanumeric nomenclatures that would appear to give away the hot hatch’s engine displacement.
Prevailing rumors indicate that a version of the company’s 2.0-liter turbo will replace the current R32’s 3.2-liter V6. Despite the fall in displacement, the new drivetrain is tipped to make around 270 brake horsepower – more than 20 ponies above the current car, all while resulting in a lighter package to boot. AE suggests that the same engine (which will also find its way into a like-monikered version of the Scirocco) should be good for a 0-60 miles-per-hour time in around five seconds dead, and an artificially limited top end of 155 miles-per-hour. The UK publication further expects the car to be available with the buyer’s choice of a six-speed manual or a DSG dual-clutch gearbox.