The next VW Golf R is anticipated to be the fastest Golf in history when it goes on sale in 2020. The 2.0-litre petrol engine and a moderate hybrid system will produce more than 400hp, putting it squarely in competition with the Audi RS3 and upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45. It’ll appear in showrooms from 2020.
2020 VW Golf R Styling
The upcoming Golf will get a sporty new look, with pinched lights and a bigger grille on the lower section of the front bumper, but the R model will pump things up quite a bit and look much more aggressive. It’ll get a smattering of carbon fiber pieces to mark it out as the alpha Golf, in addition to a huge front grille to cool the engine and 4 oval exhausts sitting either side of a functional rear diffuser.
2020 VW Golf R Interior
The exterior’s racy makeover will be matched within. Carbon fibre and Alcantara will exist on the control panel, doors and the racing-style light-weight pail seats. There’ll also be a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with buttons for the suspension and engine settings.
Interior spy shots of the mk8 Golf, set to be released in 2019, show that the digital motorist’s display need to come fitted to all but entry-level models. As a result, expect the R to come with this feature as standard, where it’ll show a raft of driving, navigation and media-playback info.
2020 VW Golf R Engines and Driving
The present Golf R is massively out-gunned by the likes of the RS3 and A45, so the new model might load an additional 100hp to help it maintain. To achieve this, the car’s 2.0-litre engine will receive some serious tweaking, and it’ll be signed up with by a 48V mild hybrid system.
This’ll let it provide the very best of both worlds– more power when you require it, and better fuel economy when you’re not hooning along a back road. This huge power increase will kick the new Golf R from 0-62mph in around 4 seconds. All models will include a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and long-term four-wheel-drive.
In the future, though, there are rumours of a totally electrical Golf R, utilizing some of the technology from VW’s bonkers Pikes Peak-conquering maker, shown above. That car produces 670hp by having an electrical motor attached to each wheel, paving the way for an even faster, yet eerily quiet, range-topping Golf.
2020 VW Golf R Price and Release Date
The next Golf will appear in 2019 with the faster R model making its public debut a year later. The additional performance over the outgoing model means you’ll have to shell out a bit more than in the past, however– a cost of close to ₤ 40,000 is most likely as VW aims to ferret out the previously mentioned RS3 and A45.