Dieselgate got me thinking about the rest of VW’s performance lineup. It’s pretty common thought that going back—at least—to the Mk6 GTI, that these models were underrated in terms of horsepower. A quick Google search verifies the question comes up a lot, and it’s only when the Mk6 gets dynoed (with perhaps nothing in the OBD2 port) that this claim has perhaps been verified. There’s also rumors of the Mk7 being underrated.

Do you think that perhaps VW’s gas engines are running similar test-bending software, too, whether it’s to avoid emissions or insurance penalties, or something else entirely?