First pictures of a hot new Volkswagen Golf testing at the Nürburgring spark rumours that VW is trying to break sister brand Seat's lap record

This mystery high-performance Volkswagen Golf may be wearing the logos of an independent company that makes parts for track cars, but it is understood to be a factory project. 

Late last year, sources revealed that VW engineers were developing a front-drive ‘super-GTI’ with an engine delivering about 300bhp. It's also already known that VW is planning to show a concept car, dubbed Golf R Evo, at the Beijing motor show later this month.

The concept, a more extreme version of the Golf R, is expected to use a turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine with power boosted from 296bhp to close to 370bhp. Torque should also rise to around 332lb ft.

Reports also suggest the Evo could ditch the standard Golf R's rear seats in favour of a roll cage.

Seat, VW’s sister brand, has just broken the front-wheel-drive record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a Leon Cupra hatch, lapping the 12 miles in 7min and 58.44sec. 

Autocar understands that this Golf, with more power and a Haldex clutch acting across the front wheels, aims to break the Leon’s record within the next couple of months.

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Additional reporting by Darren Moss

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11 April 2014
Thank heavens the mighty VW empire take no notice of new boy McLaren's rather hypocritical attitude to Nurburgring lap times ! Maybe it was just convenient for the Woking crew ?

11 April 2014
We all know that these are basically the same car underneath, so who cares if one is a couple of clicks quicker round the Nurburgring or not. I would have thought from the Group's perspective that it was more important for SEAT to establish itself as the sporty brand and VW to concentrate on improving its VW-ishness, whatever that may mean. I for one would prefer that the money was spent on improving the firm's quality and reliability to match its Asian competitors.

11 April 2014
You would think they would let SEAT keep the record 'for the good of the group'.

11 April 2014
By making a 300bhp and front wheel drive I think its just creating confusion when compared with the similar powered 4wd Golf R.

I suspect that the weight saving will outweigh the advantages of 4wd, so I'd expect the 300bhp front wheel drive Golf to lap the ring faster than the Golf R, however all that'll achieve is less people will buy the Golf R as it'll no longer be perceived as the top of the performance range model.

The Golf R Evo concept on the other hand looks much more interesting if it made it to production.

TS7

12 April 2014
BenS1 wrote:

By making a 300bhp and front wheel drive I think its just creating confusion when compared with the similar powered 4wd Golf R.

I suspect that the weight saving will outweigh the advantages of 4wd, so I'd expect the 300bhp front wheel drive Golf to lap the ring faster than the Golf R, however all that'll achieve is less people will buy the Golf R as it'll no longer be perceived as the top of the performance range model.

The Golf R Evo concept on the other hand looks much more interesting if it made it to production.

Better still use only the back half of the Golf R's tx and make the R Evo RWD only. (I know it ain't that simple but you know what I mean...) I believe Ford prototyped an Escort RS Cosworth with a Cologne V6 (the 2.9L I think) in RWD configuration over 20 years ago. I think they came to the same conclusion in that it had the potential to eclipse the RS Cosworth, in desirability perhaps, if not ultimate performance.

bomb wrote:

Will this 'Super GTI' be the GT3 RS to the Golf R's 911 Turbo?

Or the GT2 to the R's 911 Turbo...

11 April 2014
Think I'd still rather get the Leon Cupra 280 to save being seen in a Golf with that spoiler on it

11 April 2014
Will this 'Super GTI' be the GT3 RS to the Golf R's 911 Turbo?


11 April 2014
I agree, about time,maybe to late though.

Peter Cavellini.

11 April 2014
It just smacks of them being upset that SEAT have upstaged them at something, when in fact, it is something they should be encouraging. Make sportier SEAT's for the masses, let them sell more cars, and everyone is happy. Except VW, who want all the accolades for themselves.

11 April 2014
Superstevie wrote - 'It just smacks of them being upset that SEAT have upstaged them at something, when in fact, it is something they should be encouraging. Make sportier SEAT's for the masses, let them sell more cars, and everyone is happy. Except VW, who want all the accolades for themselves. '

Couldn't agree more. VW is acting like like an arrogant child that gets into a tantrum for losing a sports day race or a child that throws their toys out of the pram because their parents are giving someone elses baby some attention. I hope they fail, but when there's a will, there's money.

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