A full reveal is expected at the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer.
Now that the new 2020 Volkswagen Golf has broken cover, the wait for the hot Golf GTI and the hardcore Golf R hot hatches has begun. We already know the new Golf GTI will debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but we recently got a sneak peek at the hot hatch with no camouflage thanks to a leaked photo showing off its rear.
Now, a photo posted on Instagram page Cochespias appears to show the new Volkswagen Golf R being tested on the streets of Spain near the Applus IDIADA proving ground near Barcelona.
We only get to see the rear of the hot hatchback, but the quad exhaust pipes indicate we're looking at the new Golf R. There's no camouflage, but then we already know what the redesigned Golf looks like. Elsewhere, the new Golf R has been updated with the standard model's redesigned taillights that look more angular. Curiously, the new Golf R doesn't look as aggressive the Golf GTI we saw last week, which had a prominent rear spoiler.
Since this is a prototype, many of the production parts haven't been added yet, so we're expecting the final production model to look more aggressive than this. The exterior changes may be subtle, but the Golf R will be getting a significant power boost under the hood.
A leaked image recently showed the power outputs of the entire eighth-generation Golf range, possibly confirming that the new Golf R will have 328 horsepower on tap. That's a 37 hp increase over the current Golf R. The Golf GTI, on the other hand, will reportedly produce 241 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder compared to the current 228-hp model. An even more hardcore Golf R Plus model is rumored to top the range with around 350 hp, but this falls short of the 400-hp power rating claimed in previous reports.
After the new Golf GTI debuts at Geneva in March, the new Golf R is expected to be unveiled a few months later at the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.