The Golf R will be substantially more powerful as well.
The base version of the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen will no longer be sold in the US but, thankfully, the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R are held sacred, and Americans will not be denied these hot hatchbacks. Further details are a bit foggy at the moment. No one seems to know how much power these two cars will exactly produce, but it seems likely that the GTI will produce at least more than the current car's 228 horsepower and the R will likely have more than the outgoing model's 291 hp. However, a new report sheds some light on things.
According to the UK's Car Magazine, both the GTI and R variants of the eighth-generation Golf will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This is not the first time we've heard rumors of a mild-hybrid system but British publication claims to know exactly what versions will be offered and how much power they will produce.
In addition to the expected Golf GTI and Golf R variants, a third version called the Golf GTI Cup will also be offered. The GTI Cup will be similar to the lighter and more track-focused GTI TCR offered in the seventh-generation for Europe only. Car Magazine says the standard GTI will produce 232 hp (a modest boost over the current model) with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch sending power to the front wheels.
However, things get more interesting with the Cup model. According to the report, the VW Golf GTI Cup will boost the output to 286 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and add performance upgrades like a limited-slip differential, larger brakes, bigger wheels, and lower ride height. But just like the current Golf GTI TCR, there is no guarantee this faster GTI will be sold in the US.
We will get the Golf R though, which is said to produce 328 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged, mild-hybrid powertrain. Like the current model, the Golf R will send power to all four wheels but a seven-speed dual-clutch is reported to be the only transmission option, forsaking a third pedal completely. Expect a 0-60 time of around 4.3 seconds with performance options like 20-inch wheels, drilled disc brakes, adaptive dampers, and Akrapovic exhaust.
The eighth-generation Golf GTI and Golf R are expected to be revealed later in 2020, but they likely won't arrive stateside until 2021.