This is it! The new Golf R has been spied completely undisguised months before its official reveal.
In a few weeks, the all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI will debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Crucially, this will be the first eight-generation Golf available in America as VW decided not to sell the standard version Stateside. As with previous Golf generations, the GTI won't be the hottest Golf you can buy - that will be the range-topping Volkswagen Golf R.
The new Golf R isn't expected to debut until the summer, but our spies have already spotted the hot hatch being put through its paces in the snow - and it isn't wearing any camouflage. This, then, is our first look at the new Golf R completely undisguised months before the official reveal.
In addition to the styling changes introduced in the regular 2020 Golf such as new LED headlights and taillights, the Golf R has a more aggressive-looking front bumper with large air intakes and sits closer to the ground thanks to lowered suspension. Unique wheels and a quad exhaust system rounds up the new Golf R's exterior enhancements.
Leaked specifications have already confirmed the new Volkswagen Golf R's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will provide 328 horsepower to play with. This will be a significant increase over the current Golf R, which has 291 horsepower. Power will be sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
As we can see from the spy shots, massive drilled brake discs and large blue painted calipers will provide plenty of stopping power. This may not be the most powerful Golf R either, as an even more hardcore Golf R Plus model is expected to be the new range-topper with an increased output of 350 hp.
Slotting below the Golf R, the new GTI will produce 241 horsepower, which is 13 more hp than the current model. The new Volkswagen Golf R is expected to make its world debut at the 2020 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.