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Volkswagen Working On 500-HP, Twin-Turbo VR6 Engine: Report

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There are many things to love about the Volkswagen Golf R32. It's an all-wheel drive hatchback with premium feel and a potent, mellifluous VR6 engine. But soon, the VR6 may get a hopped up, 496-horsepower, twin-turbo variant.

Put that in your R32 and smoke it. Literally.

The new VR6, according to Auto Week, would be an updated, fresh take on the narrow-angle V-6 it shares a name with, displacing just 3.0-liters--200 cc smaller than the 241-horsepower version of the VR6 used in the Golf R32, and 600 cc smaller than the 295-horsepower 3.6-liter unit found in the Passat R36, both of which were normally aspirated.

The idea of a twin-turbo Volkswagen V-6 isn't new; the same concept was applied to the Volkswagen Design Vision GTI concept car, where it produced 503 horsepower. The Design Vision GTI also claimed to rocket to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 186 mph.

As applied in the Design Vision GTI, the specs are remarkably similar to the rumored twin-turbo VR6: in addition to the 503-horsepower rating, it claimed 413 pound-feet of torque, generated from a 3.0-liter displacement and a pair of turbos.

The news on the new VR6 comes just days after Volkswagen confirmed it would go all-turbocharged for its gasoline and diesel engine lineup in the very near future. If you're eager for some VW turbo fun right now, of course, there's always the Golf R.

So when will we see this new super-VR6, and which cars might get it? That's a very good question--and one that can't be answered just yet.

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