Spies at the Nurburgring have caught another version of the Golf R testing in Germany, and this one appears to be the Golf R. Carrying a lot of speed through the corners, this is a promising first look at a car that will carry the heavy weight of big expectations.
Well-founded rumors have the Golf R’s 2.0-liter turbo-four producing around 330 hp, or roughly 30 more than the current car.
There’s reason to believe, too, that the Golf R will look a little more aggressive than this when it’s revealed. Volkswagen of America’s head of product marketing and strategy, Hein Schafer, told us in February that he has already seen the R.
“Physically, the [GTI and the R] do look very different,” he said. “I’ve seen them both in the flesh, so the new Golf R looks super aggressive.”
Schafer also said that he had every hope that the Spektrum color program could return for the Mk8.
“It’s a hell of a mission for the Wolfsburg plant,” Schafer said. “But I think it was so successful and so well published, I’m sure that they might repeat that in the Mk8.”
The current car hits 60 in under 5 seconds and makes 295 lb-ft of torque and we would anticipate that the new car will outperform the old R in both respects. It will also receive the new Golf’s infotainment systems and technology.
The Golf R was reportedly meant to be unveiled at Goodwood this summer, but plans may have been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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