VW's upcoming all-wheel-drive hot hatch could produce around 300 horsepower if reports prove accurate.
The latest-generation Volkswagen Golf has been fully unveiled as well as its new high-performance GTI counterpart. But there’s still one hotter variant of the popular hatchback we’re anxiously waiting for: the Golf R. Likely to debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Golf R could pack as much as 300 horsepower. This according to a supposed VW insider quoted by Auto Express. The outgoing model packs 265 hp so the output jump is quite significant.
A 2.0-liter turbo four will once again be under the hood and all-wheel drive will also remain standard. VW is also working to cut weight from that AWD system so that the latest R measures in only about 220 lbs heavier than the new GTI. Other new bits we can expect to find on VW’s ultimate hot hatch will be quad exhaust pipes and a unique electronic stability system that can be fully deactivated - something which can’t be done in the GTI. To top it all off, Auto Express claims the new 2014 Golf R will be cheaper than before, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to confirm that along with official power and performance specs.