Audi Does Not Allow VW to Use Its Engine

The reason for the refusal lies in the simple competition.

It is expected that the most powerful Golf will be equipped with a 2.0-liter 330-hp turbo engine. It is possible that the new product will receive a flagship modification based on the Golf R400 concept. If this happens, it will have a 2.0-liter 400-hp engine under the hood lid.

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As practice shows, the development of the Volkswagen Golf R’s engine range could have gone a completely different way. The fault is Audi’s refusal to share its engines. The fact is that the engineers expected to install a famous turbo engine in the new hatchback during design and development stages. We are speaking about a five-cylinder 2.5-liter Audi engine, which is installed in the RS 3 Sportback. Everything would have been fine if not for one «but», Audi did not want to cooperate and to share the engine with VW.

According to Autovisie, the reason is obvious – competition. Audi understands that the Golf R equipped with this engine can compete with their RS 3, especially considering the cost. A VW with the same engine would probably be more affordable. Audi does not mind supplying the engine to third parties, but the unit can be used only for those models that are not direct rivals to the manufacturer's models. The situation with the Volkswagen Golf R would have been different.

Autovisie says that if an agreement could be reached, it would have a negative impact on Audi. Additional costs are required to increase production.

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