Fingers crossed that this leaked information is correct.
Volkswagen should call a plumber because the company has been full of leaks lately. First, a completely non-camouflaged image of the next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI appeared on the internet not long after supposedly leaked information dropped regarding upcoming trim levels and engine outputs for the entire Golf range. The GTI is set to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March but before then, we may have just received yet more leaked information about its horsepower rating.
A single image leaked online appears to show the entire eight-generation performance Golf lineup along with their output ratings. As rumored, the GTI model will be joined by a more hardcore GTI TCR, diesel-powered GTD, hybrid GTE, and the flagship R.
All of the outputs are listed in kilowatts, but can be converted roughly into horsepower (actually SAE measurements may vary). The regular Golf GTI will produce 180 kW (241 horsepower) from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which is a healthy increase over the current model's 228 hp output, though not as high as some rumors predicted. The GTE will produce the same amount of power, albeit from a smaller displacement engine, while the GTI TCR bumps the output to 221 kW (296 hp). The diesel-powered Golf GTD will only produce 147 kW (197 hp), though its torque figure should be well above its siblings.
As we expected, the Golf R will be the most powerful of the bunch with 245 kW (328 hp). This is substantially more than the current Golf R's 291 hp rating, but it is far from the 400 hp that some outlets anticipated. Perhaps in this generation, Volkswagen will finally build a performance model above the Golf R with even more power. We will get to see the GTI in a few months at Geneva while the Golf R likely won't be revealed until later in the year, possibly at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.