Do you remember when the Volkswagen “R” range was entirely devoted to the Golf R? Although there have been occasional Passat R36, Touareg R50 or Polo R WRC, only the Golf has been a permanent member of the Wolfsburg performance division. The company is making some pretty big changes this year with the launch of four more R models – Touareg R, Arteon R, Arteon R Shooting Brake and Tiguan R.
That doesn’t mean it puts the base model on hold, as VW has confirmed that the new Golf R will be revealed later this year. He was spotted obsessively with very little camouflage on his hot hatch body, prompting an independent artist KDesign AG to create a rendering that could easily pass for the real thing.
Typically VAG, the Golf R doesn’t have the most exciting design among the high-performance sedans, but that’s what a lot of people like about the car – its understated appearance. Sure, it has big air vents in the front and quad exhausts in the back, but put it next to a Honda Civic Type R and it will look pretty bland.
While VW would have liked to borrow the 2.5-liter turbo engine from Audi, the new Golf R will have to rely on the familiar 2.0 TSI. It develops 315 horsepower in the aforementioned Tiguan R and Arteon R, so it goes without saying that it will not give more punch in the small car. Being lighter than the crossover and the dapper cousin of Passat, it should translate into better performance similar to the mechanically linked Cupra Leon.
Although the adjacent rendering represents only the five-door tailgate, we keep our fingers crossed, Europe will again get a Golf R variant. Otherwise, there is always the Cupra Leon ST…
Look for an official start that will take place in the coming months, likely after the official premiere of the Golf GTI TCR.