Volkswagen is fed up of people moaning about how the Golf R lacks power versus its hot hatch rivals, so it’s brewing a 400bhp beast
It was only about a month ago when Volkswagen revealed the reasons why it didn’t put the Golf R400 into production and now a new juicy rumour claims something similar in spirit is being developed for the eighth generation of the compact hatchback. The R400 was rejected because it would’ve been too expensive to buy and maintain, but now Autocar says a Golf R Plus is in the works with close to 400 bhp and a price similar to that of the Audi RS3 Sportback.
Reports suggest that a 400bhp R – first ‘confirmed’ in 2014 before being quietly set aside and forgotten about – will bring the hottest Golf back into contention with the fastest cars in the class. With the eighth generation of the car due next year the company has deemed it time to start talking about performance options again. While the Mk8 is an all-new car, it’s expected that the Golf R’s layout won’t change too much. A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot will send that vastly increased power to all four wheels on demand, It could get from 0-62mph in under four seconds – quicker than an Audi RS3 and, like before, will come as standard with four-wheel drive and will be available with a quick-shifting, twin-clutch gearbox. As well as being the fastest Golf R ever sold, the new model will also be one of the cheapest to run. It’ll get a 48V power supply that’ll allow it to coast to a halt and set off under battery power alone using an enlarged starter motor, which should help it achieve 45mpg fuel economy.
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf R will trade on the conservative styling that has served the current model so well. It’ll get the new Golf’s slime-line grille design and is also expected to come as standard with LED headlights. The biggest change up front will be the R badge and the car’s more aggressive bottom bumper. Expect the 400hp model to be even more distinctive with a more aggressive body kit.
Around the sides, the new Golf R will get subtle side skirts, a boot spoiler, and you’ll be able to choose from wheels up to 19-inches in size, while around the back all models will get pretty slim LED tail lights with a distinctive light signature and integrated scrolling LED indicators. The 2020 VW Golf R’s interior will represent a step up in technology compared with the current model, with an dash that’s dominated by a pair of huge infotainment screens with high-definition graphics. Practicality will be even better in the current car though, which means you’ll comfortably accommodate four tall adults in your new Golf R and have space for a number of suitcases.
The new “400” BHP Golf is definitely not one to miss, especially if you like compact cars with incomparable speed. The introduction of this petrol electric car will more than likely be THE hot hatch to be seen in on the market.
29th of November 2019