One of the positive aspects of Volkswagen's versatile MQB platform is that it enables them to share powertrains. This point was further emphasised by head of powertrain development, Hanno Jelden at the launch of the eight-generation Passat. According to the company, the Passat will get the turbocharged petrol engine from the Golf R, in turn the Golf might get the 2.0-litre BiTurbo direct injection diesel mill from the Passat.
In an interview with a publication, "It is possible, of course," Jelden said enthusiastically. "The engine will fit, because of the MQB architecture, but the issue is that is it the heaviest engine currently used in the platform."
If this turns out into a reality, the Golf GTD R will boast of 236bhp and 500 Nm of torque. It might be mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission powering all four wheels. The same engine in the new Passat enables it to reach a top speed of 240kmph and accelerate from 0-100kmph in 6.1 seconds. These figures might just be better in the Golf and a sub six-second acceleration time might be a reality.
The only drawback this development could have is the weight of the engine as highlighted by Jelden. However, if the Golf GTD R becomes a reality, it might turn out to be the quickest accelerating diesel hot hatch in the world.