The eighth-gen Golf might have been prematurely revealed, yet it is approximately six months away from hitting production, and it’s logical to expect a launch sometime between this spring and summer.
Inevitably, the Golf MK8 will, later on, get GTI and R performance derivatives as well. And, according to AutoBild, the GTI might get up to 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW), a significant improvement over the current one’s 245 PS (241 hp / 180 kW).
We’re going to take this piece of information with a grain of salt for now, for one reason: that’s the outgoing Golf R’s territory. The German website didn’t go into specifics, but in all likelihood, the upcoming GTI should maintain its front-wheel drive system, whereas the R will still be offered with all-wheel drive.
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So, when should we see the all-new Golf GTI with the rumored firepower? That would be 2020, as per the quoted report, which also claims that it should be priced close to €33,000 (~$37,800) in Germany, or about the same as the current iteration.
Volkswagen is, in all likelihood, sending of the current-gen GTI with the TCR, a 290 PS (286 HP) version of the FWD model that’s awfully close to the 300 PS (296 HP) R. But what about the rumored Golf R420 that was spied last year and was supposed to use a 420 PS (414 HP) version of Audi RS3’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder?
Maybe that Golf mule was not the R420 after all, then. Guess we’ll find out sooner rather than later.
Note: Current VW Golf GTI Performance pictured