Jost Capito, the man that oversees the Volkswagen R performance division recently said that engineers have made “a lot of small improvements” over the R’s predecessor to create a “real driving machine.”
With that said, the Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI is scheduled to arrive in SA in mid-July and it will pack a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with 213 kW of power and 380 Nm of torque.
The Golf R will follow at a later stage and rumours state that it will spawn a hybridized powertrain.
In an interview with Top Gear, VW Group board member Jürgen Stackmann said that “more stories around R that will probably surprise and amaze you,” suggesting that something extraordinary should come with the new R models.
Volkswagen has already stunned us with its first Touareg R model that features a hybrid powertrain with 340 kW and a whopping 700 Nm of torque. Stackmann further went on to confirm that future R models will go electric.
“The future of R needs to be, and will be, electric,” Stackmann said.
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