Volkswagen Golf R to debut on November 4, new teaser confirms

By Motoring Staff Time of article published Oct 16, 2020

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WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - Volkswagen Golf R fans only have to wait another half a month to lay their eyes on the eighth-generation of their favourite hot hatch for the first time.

Volkswagen’s performance division has confirmed, through a teaser posted on the VWR Instagram page, that the new Golf R will make its global debut on Wednesday, November 4.

Although VW hasn’t furnished any new details on its flagship performance hatch as yet, it’s practically a given that the vehicle’s updated 2-litre turbopetrol engine will boast an output of around 245kW.

This information was leaked earlier this year by Instagram user Cochespias, and the post seems more legit than ever given that it correctly predicted the 180kW output of the Golf 8 GTI as well as the Clubsport version’s 221kW figure.

With 245kW on tap, the Golf R will position itself above performance hatches like the Mercedes-AMG A35 as well as the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy. However, it’s still not going to be anywhere near AMG’s 310kW A45, which happens to be the most powerful four-cylinder production car in the world.

As before, you can expect the Golf R to put its power to all four wheels through an updated 4Motion system. And although the latest teaser doesn’t reveal too much about the design, apart from the fact that it will have an illuminated grille like the GTI, you can expect the R to sport other unique design features to tell it apart from its front-wheel drive sibling.

Talking GTI, VW revealed the Clubsport version earlier this week, but unfortunately it is not destined for South Africa, due to our fuel quality.

Read more about the Clubsport here.

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