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Flagship hot hatch will be shown to the world in the coming days, with expected power boost over outgoing model
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2 November 2020

Volkswagen is getting ready for one of its biggest unveilings of 2020: the reveal of the new Golf R, set to be introduced on 4 November.

The reveal date was confirmed as the brand released a preview image of the BMW M135i rival showing its tailgate adorned with a central R logo. However, we've already seen the car with very light disguise out testing as a prototype on several occasions. 

The last sighting of the hot hatchback was actually as the estate, cunningly disguised as an Alltrack model to try to throw spy photographers off the scent. 

The prototype gives itself away as the top-rung performance model with its large wheels and low-profile tyres, blue brake calipers, prominent air intakes and rear spoiler. Another clue to its true identity is the quad-exit exhaust system, which matches that of the previously spotted Golf R test mules. 

A prototype of the hatchback was photographed up close earlier this year, giving us a view of the interior. It shows the new model sticks to the formula of its predecessor, with understated performance the order of the day. The view inside shows that there will be R-branded sports seats to mark out the cabin, but otherwise it'll be familiar Golf Mk8 fare. 

Although not yet confirmed, power outputs for all of the hot Mk8 Golf variants (the GTI, GTI TCR, GTD and R) leaked out earlier this year via a slideshow from a brand presentation. 

The slide revealed that the R will put out 329bhp - a 33bhp increase - from a heavily boosted version of the EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol motor, as featured in the new Tiguan R and Arteon R. However, it's possible that it will debut first with slightly less power.

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As before, this will be put through a Haldex-based four-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while a new torque vectoring system is expected to be introduced. A manual gearbox isn't expected to be offered.  

The new Haldex system is said to be capable of fully variable control, constantly altering the drive sent to the front and rear axles, in combination with Volkswagen's XDS+ electronic differential locks and a stability control system that, insiders claim, will incorporate a drift mode similar to that of the Mercedes-AMG A45

It's also not yet clear if a long-rumoured flagship Golf R Plus, expected to produce as much as 400bhp, will be saved for a debut next year or even later.  

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567 2 November 2020

Choices

For some people it will be a decision between an S3 (306bhp) and Golf R (329bhp). Also both cars have had their perceived quality reduced especially the S3. Also what will happen if the 10% WTO tariff on German Cars is added on 1 January 2021? Will people stop buying German cars?

JJ BLADE 2 November 2020

left me cold

I had a drive in the last one, as quick as it is, it is clinical and forgettable, too efficient and soul less. I have a classic 911 and 80s Golf GTI, will never swap to this crap. I also have an Octavia Scout as my workhorse, it is soul less too but more efficient space and economy wise perfect for family white goods.

Peter Cavellini 2 November 2020

VW estate.

 As an estate, Golf Gti or Golf R look pretty anonymous, go for a badge delete option,and, other than th3 four tail pipes, you'd think it was your everyday Golf base model, if VW would only be brave and use some of the concept styling, the problem extends to other brand also, cladding the front of cars with Black plastic seems to the in thing just now, let's get back to the 80's 90's and put a badge in red on that black grill, then when you saw a Golf screaming up to your rear bumper you new what it was!

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