Damn nice! To bad it will be $$$$ Seeing we already have the 3.6l with 280hp in the states.. the R36 is not rumored to come across the pond but…
While VW is working on a successor for the MkV Golf, its engineers haven’t finished with the current machine.
Test drivers are evaluating a final flagship for the hatchback range, badged the R36. Powered by the 3.6-litre V6 that debuted in the Passat, the car will offer between 280 and 300bhp. Due on sale early next year, it will hit the road 12 months ahead of the March 2008 debut of the new-look Golf. Prices are still being kept under wraps, although it’s expected the newcomer will cost at least £1,500 more than the current R32, weighing in at £26,000.
The model is based on the four-wheel-drive R32, but the increased performance means changes will be made to the suspension and brakes. Extra cooling will also be required to feed cold air to the bigger engine. New 19-inch alloys, inspired by the Lamborghini Gallardo’s rims, will be available, too.
Thanks to the revised suspension settings and larger wheels, the car will be more driver-focused and less refined than the R32, which was praised for its ability to cover ground quickly, but criticised for its lack of character. With an additional 50bhp, the new car is expected to be able to sprint from 0-60mph in only 6.0 seconds, while the maximum speed will be limited to 155mph. However, in-gear performance is likely to give the R36 its greatest appeal, although the engineers’ biggest challenge will be retaining the light, direct steering and supple ride of the brilliant Golf GTI.