Thanks VW, way to ruin all the good engines for everyone.
The Golf R400 was supposed to be happening relatively soon. Instead, it and the 400+ HP, 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine that would have powered it are likely dead. You can thank VW itself for this as dieselgate is directly to blame. Because of budget cuts, which we can only surmise is happening because of the diesel fiasco, VW had to kill off this engine. And that’s a shame because it could have been a world beater.
Audi’s supercar-slapping, fire-breathing four-cylinder concept engine will remain just that, with Autoblog confirming that it has been internally killed off. Speaking at the launch of the TT RS, the engineering boss of Audi’s Quattro GmbH division, Stephan Reil, said the Volkswagen Group had stopped all development of the 420-horsepower, 2.0-liter four it showed in the 2014 TT Quattro Sport Concept car (above).
Despite previous assurances that Quattro had roles for both the EA888-based engine and Audi’s wildly charismatic 2.5-liter, five-cylinder motor, post-Dieselgate reality has killed the smaller engine. “The 400-horsepower EA888 engine is dead,” Reil said.
This thing could have brought new tech and a whole new power range to the 2.0 liter market. It would have forced the likes of Ford and Subaru to really step up the innovations to get more out of their vaunted 2.0 liter power plants. And now we’ll never get to see that.
Way to go VW.