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Volkswagen R boss says next Golf 8 R will be a ‘real driving machine’


A few weekends ago, Volkswagen took the wraps off its Golf 8 GTI that is scheduled to hit the South African market before the end of the year or early 2021.


It will later be joined by the Golf GTI TCR as well as the R versions. In an interview with Motor Trend, Jost Capito, the man who heads Volkswagen’s R performance division said that the R will not feature a hybrid powertrain like the Touareg R.

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According to Capito, it’s not necessarily because the company didn’t want to electrify the Golf R, but the costs of engineering a hybrid powertrain for the model would’ve been too high to justify the sales volumes the car usually generates.

Capito further went on to say that the engineers have made “a lot of small improvements” over its predecessor to create a “real driving machine.”

It remains to be seen what Capito means by the statement. A rumour suggests that the Golf 8 R could pack about 245 kW of power plus VW’s 4 Motion system.


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