Thought Volkswagen fans were going to give Audi the spotlight this morning? Ha, good one.
The current, soon-to-be-retired Golf R packs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 213kW of power and 380Nm of torque, but it’s been suggested the new model could up those outputs to almost 250kW and 400Nm.
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Whether a more powerful Golf R would come to Australia isn’t clear. The Mk8 Golf GTI will be offered with a carryover engine from the Mk7.5 model when it arrives alongside the new Golf range early in 2021.
As confirmed by previous spy photos, the Mk8 Golf R will crank up the aggression on even the Golf GTI, with a gaping front air intake, angular details in the bumper, and the requisite R badging up front.
There are silver mirror caps, wheels likely measuring 18- or 19 inches, and beefy brakes with blue calipers.
The rear is dominated by a massive quad exhaust, and the R badge takes pride of place in the middle of the boot lid.
Exactly how the cabin will look isn’t quite clear – although we know what shape its bones will take – but the latest leak reveals there’ll be an R shortcut button on the steering wheel, and unique graphics in the digital instrument binnacle.
The sports seats clearly show taped-over ‘R’ badges – a little more discreet than the black sticker on the tyre that actual has ‘Golf R’ written on it.