We can't wait.
The Volkswagen Golf R is a hot hatch that we've been anticipating with bated breath for some time now. As cool as the GTI is, and as excited as we are about the new Clubsport variant, there's only one ultimate version of the Golf and it's the R. We've already seen what it will look like thanks to leaked images that started circulating a couple of months ago, but now Volkswagen - via rally driver Tanner Foust'sTwitter account - has announced that the full reveal of the all-wheel-drive hot hatch will happen next month, on November 4.
So far, we know that the new Golf R will feature some pretty large exhaust tips in the usual quad-exit arrangement as well as familiar blue brake calipers while the cabin will continue with the blue theme by featuring contrast stitching, trim accents, ambient lighting, and instrument cluster needles in the same color. The interior should have various other R-specific highlights too, with carbon-style accents all over the dash and the sporty bucket seats. Under the hood, we expect to see that familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with output of 328 horsepower being controlled by a snappy dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Considering that Volkswagen is using racing personality Tanner Foust to announce the date of the R's release, as well as the fact that the campaign for the car will carry the #MissionR tag, we hope that this means some exciting commercials with Foust's usual brand of precise driving flair. Whatever happens, we can't wait for the new Golf R to land so we can get behind the wheel and see if what could be the last fully gas-powered Golf R is worthy of ending the hot hatch's illustrious time with fossil fuels. Still, with Volkswagen ID and Audi e-tron proving that electricity can be cool, we almost can't wait for the Golf 8 R's replacement.