The all-new VW Golf R has been spotted completely undisguised while undergoing winter testing and it looks exactly as you expected.
This prototype of the range-topping performance model of the 2020 VW Golf Mk8 sports all the exterior elements typical to the Golf R. Lowered suspension and oversized wheels with low-profile tires? Check.
Sportier bumpers with big air intakes at the front and a massive diffuser at the rear flanked by quad round exhausts? Check. Bigger roof spoiler, side skirts and blue-painted brake calipers on massive brake discs (perforated at the front)? Check.
We don’t have photos of the interior but if you zoom in on one of the exterior shots you can see the familiar dual-display dashboard of the Golf Mk8 and the sports steering wheel. Expect the package to be rounded out by sports seats (more aggressive bucket seats should be optionally available), carbon fiber and aluminum trim inserts, as well as plenty of Alcantara surfaces.
As for the powertrain, a purportedly leaked screenshot of an official VW video revealed that the all-new Golf R will pack 333 PS (328 HP / 245 kW) from an updated 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine.
Mated to a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and standard 4Motion AWD system, the VW Golf R should be even quicker than its predecessor. Kitted with the Performance Pack, the current Golf R does 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and maxes out at 168 mph (270 km/h).
The all-new VW Golf R is expected to debut in mid-2020, possibly at July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.