At this week’s Detroit auto show, VW brought out the latest high performance version of their seventh generation hatchback, the Golf R. Along with updated styling, the new hot hatch gets more power, a new transmission option, better fuel economy and, perhaps most intriguing, a more flexible all-wheel-drive system.
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia captured their fifth win of the FIA World Rally Championship season at Rally Finland over the weekend. During the race, their Volkswagen Polo R WRC spent a fair amount of time with all four wheels off the ground, as we can see here.
Think of this car as the GTI W12’s older cousin, many times removed. Modified by the team at 034 Motorsports, what started as a standard Mk4 is now powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6. That doesn’t sound very special, right? Well, it’s mounted in the middle. That’s right, this is a mid-engine GTI.
Volkswagen’s Wörthersee festival has already brought us the Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept. Now, we’re getting some goodness from VeeDub, in the form of a three-door GTI, with a 3.0-liter, biturbocharged V-6.
The newest-generation of the Volkswagen Beetle is quite fun on its own, we found to our amusement. Being able to drop the top and hear the chug of the grease-burning TDI engine only adds to the fun.
In this video, originally posted on Bugatti’s YouTube channel, Chinese racing driver Anthony Liu takes it right on up to 254 on Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track. Oh yeah, Liu does this without a freaking roof. There will be eight World Record Vitesses built, at a starting price of $2.6 million.
This year, the premium German brand will be showing a heavily modified TT, first covered by the quattrophiles at Fourtitude. Called the TT ultra quattro Concept, it’s meant to be the most aggressive blend of power and curb weight. It tips the scales at a scant 2449 pounds, making it 857 pounds lighter than the 3306-pound TT RS.
The Paceman could also function as the Mini for the driver who likes the idea of what the brand stands for, but wants something that isn’t such a huge divergence from the more mainstream cars they’re used to. We found this out when we traveled to Puerto Rico to test out the Cooper S and Cooper S All4 versions of the Paceman.