Does anybody know if there is a difference between the R and the TSI GTI's internals?
Running into a dilema of owning one car (Golf R) or two (TDI along with either turboing my 24v, or selling it and buying an LS1 powered chevy).
Either way, I want to end up with 450+whp. Easily achieved with the LS1 with heads/cam (along with supporting mods) and a tune. However with the TSI I'd need to do something like the STG 3+ APR turbo, along with internals. If the R comes with stronger rods then I'm guessing the STG 3+ kit alone would hit my mark.
I'm figuring (very rough numbers, but in the grand scheme it's insignificant):
$30K for the car (after trade-in price with the 24v) $6K for the STG 3+ kit = $36K for a 450+/- DD.
$26K for the TDI, Sell 24v buy LS1 ~$3K, $5K for heads/cam/boltons/tune = $34K for 2 cars, 2xInsurance, 2xRegistration/Inspection..
Boosting the 24v will cost about as much as the Loss-in-trade and build of the LS1.
So right now both seem like pretty viable options to me, IF the R can have ~450AWHP without diggin into the internals..
Thanks in advance for any factual information regarding differences between the 2.0T in the R and the TSI.