360 PS and 450 Nm torque in a stock Golf?
Über-GTI to come
Volkswagen is reportedly planning to introduce the most powerful version of its compact model at the Peking Car Show in Paris. The car referred to as Golf R Evo will be fitted with a new version of VW’s 2-litre turbo engine developed by Fritz Eichler and his team.
Although most people may be unfamiliar with his name, Eichler is the designing engineer responsible for the currently most powerful 2-litre, 4-cylinder engine moving the FWD sports Mercedes, the 45 AMG. This engine has 360 PS and 450 Nm torque, but the Volkswagen EA888 block, thanks to Eichler, is said to be an even bigger shot. The turbo engine guru has been noted saying that he thinks 400 PS is the achievable top performance for a 2-litre turbo engine designed for use on the roads. That means 200 HP per litre. The emphasis is on ‘for use on the roads’, since more powerful engines have been made in the past sacrificing some of their life spam. For a road legal car, though, no one has dared to go above 150 PS/litre.
It is yet unknown whether the reportedly risqué-looking 4WD Golf R Evo will be merely a concept car or one for production. The engine developed by Eichler is certainly intended for mass production, but it is unclear which brand of the company will have the privilege of using it. Such a 370-380 PS engine would definitely fit the newer sports versions of Audi A1, A3, and A4.
The use of 2-litre turbo engines is catching on quickly, as they allow for a better consumption than a 3-3.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine with the same performance. Regarding the achievable peak performance of these, opinions are divided. Not long ago BMW has stated that it is not worth pushing the 2-litre, 4-cylinder engine over 280 PS, which is why the more powerful models have a 3-litre, 6-cylinder turbo. Eichler might just know a trick that has slipped the competitors’ notice.