Volkswagen's Latest Teaser Sparks Plenty Of Questions

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Is this a Golf or something else entirely?

Volkswagen has some busy times ahead of it. Not only will the production-spec version of the ID.Buzz debut on March 9, but the Chattanooga, Tennessee factory will begin series production of the US market ID.4. Currently, the all-electric crossover is being imported from Germany. Additional fully electric vehicles are also forthcoming, including a Tesla Model 3 fighter/Arteon replacement potentially called the ID.6. In short, VW is all-in with EVs.

But today it released a mysterious teaser on its official Facebook page of what seems to be the silhouette of a Golf hatchback. The caption says "We're launching an NFT (Notably Fast Transporter). Coming February 2022."

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In case you've all been stuck inside way too long under lockdown over the past year and a half, an NFT normally stands for a non-fungible token. Defined as a non-interchangeable unit of data stored on blockchain, NFTs are normally associated with reproducible digital files that include anything from artwork, audio recordings, and photos. VW doesn't appear to be issuing a typical NFT and we're somewhat at a loss as to what's coming later next month. All we can do is speculate.

First guess: a new Golf variant, possibly the GTI TCR. Our spy photographers have been snapping images of TCR test mules since spring 2020. This hardcore, track-focused GTI would likely slot in between the standard GTI and the AWD Golf R.

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The test mules revealed a lowered suspension, a more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes, and a bigger rear spoiler. Sources claim the interior is also due for a slight overhaul with features like bucket seats, carbon fiber trim, and a new steering wheel. Under the hood, the GTI's 2.0-liter turbo inline-four, which now produces 241 horsepower, is said to be getting a 55-hp or so increase for a new total of 296 hp. Power will still be sent to the front wheels only (the Golf R will retain its AWD advantage) through a dual-clutch gearbox. No six-speed manual is planned.

Whatever VW is up to, we'll know for certain on February 22.

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