A fresh report out of the Netherlands claims Audi scuppered the Volkswagen brand's plans to equip the Golf R with Ingolstadt’s turbocharged 2,5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine.
The new R-badged, all-paw version of the Golf 8 is set to be revealed later in 2020, featuring a high-output version of the Wolfsburg-based firm’s familiar EA888 turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine (with 245 kW, if an earlier leak is to be believed).
But, according to Dutch publication autovisie, VW had originally planned to pinch Audi’s 2,5 TFSI unit from the Volkswagen Group parts bin for use in the new Golf R. Audi, though, “put a stop to that”, claims the report.
“The Golf R is simply a direct competitor to Audi Sport. We will not let that happen that it will have the same power source,” an Audi employee told autovisie of the engine that is also used in the TT RS and RS Q3.
Late in 2018, a VW executive in Australia admitted the brand was “evaluating” the use of Audi Sport's turbocharged five-cylinder engine in the Golf R after a 2,5-litre prototype was spotted testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
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