Thought Volkswagen fans were going to give Audi the spotlight this morning? Ha, good one.

    Just hours after the reveal of the new Audi S3 hatch and sedan, the next-generation Volkswagen Golf R has been leaked by Instagram user Wilcoblok with no disguise.

    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.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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