With a 440HP race touring car with four-wheel drive based on its top seller, the Golf VI, Volkswagen is betting their return to the “Green Hell” this year. The new Golf 24 has already reeled off its first kilometres at tests in Portugal and Italy. That means that the VW motorsport guys and technicians are working hard at making the car ready for the legendary 24-hour race that is held from 23rd to 26th June this year.
In this way Volkswagen is celebrating what was back then just a dream of a few engineers employed by the German automaker. Making a small, fast and powerful hot hatch! Back in 1976. that was the dream. After the history played it’s part, it has become an integral part of any road car racing. In that way, the Golf24 is somewhat a tribute of the last 35 years of the Golf GTI production.
The monstrously cool looking Golf GTI borrows the 2.5L 5-cylinder engine from the Audi’s TT RS and RS3 models, producing the above mentioned 440HP with a maximum torque of 540Nm or 398 lb-ft. All of that power is transmitted to the four-wheel drive system through a sequential six-speed gearbox with paddle shift gear changes.
“With the new Golf24 we are continuing our successful commitment at the Nürburgring 24-hour race. The event enjoys huge popularity, is one of the true classics in motorsport and, due to its extreme distance and unique race track, also represents a very big technical challenge,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. “With our spectacular Golf we want to provide an additional highlight in front of a large audience – right in time for the 35th anniversary of the GTI.”
Quite a nice way to return to the Nürburgring 24-hour race from Volkswagen, after the last entry from the German automaker was seen back in 2007. with a front-wheel drive vehicle that delivered about 300HP what was good enough for an 8th place finish overall, in front of many different favorites. There is a media gallery containing pictures and a video of the Golf24 after the jump!
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