Having already presented the new GTD, GTE, GTI and GTI Clubsport, Volkswagen will now complete its compact hot hatch range by unveiling the range-topping Golf R on Wednesday, November 4.
Power will still be supplied by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, albeit with new features, such as variable valve timing with dual camshaft adjustment and water-cooled exhaust gas that routes to the turbo in the cylinder head.
VW has yet to share any specifications, but the four-pot is rumored to deliver 333 PS (328 HP / 245 kW) through the latest-generation 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive Haldex system, controlled by a Vehicle Dynamics Manager. This has been integrated with other running gear systems, including the adaptive chassis control and the electronic front differential lock, aiding the car’s traction and cornering.
The sporty R suit will help set it apart from the front-wheel drive Golf lineup, with a model-specific front end that will feature a unique grille design and larger air intakes. The 2021 Golf R is expected with a bigger roof-mounted wing and a four-fin diffuser, with cutouts on each side for the quad exhaust pipes. The lightweight wheels and R badges will round out the looks.
We have yet to take a detailed look inside, but if anything, it should launch with front seats with extra bolstering, exclusive upholstery options, enhanced by the R branding, plus dedicated menus for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system.
The new Golf R will be put together at the Wolfsburg plant in Germany, which is where all Golf models come to life.