Volkswagen has released a teaser image of the new Golf 8 R ahead of its reveal, billing it as the “most powerful Golf model in the history of this best-seller”.

Set to be unveiled on 4 November 2020 (with pre-sales launching in Europe the following day), the flagship performance version of the eighth-generation range will slot in above the GTI and GTI Clubsport (the latter seemingly not coming to South Africa), and likewise be built in Wolfsburg.

VW claims the new model will be “more powerful, more dynamic, more efficient, more closely integrated [and] more digital” than its forebears. The German brand adds it will employ an “innovative” all-wheel drive system featuring selective wheel torque control on the rear axle, an electronic front differential lock and adaptive chassis control.

The familiar turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine will be the most powerful version of the EA888 engine available for the new Golf (previous reports have suggested a peak output of 245 kW). Interestingly, its recently revealed cousin, the new Audi S3 Sportback, sticks with the 228 kW tune.

In August 2020, leaked images of the new VW Golf 8 R emerged online, giving us our best look yet at the design of the all-paw hot hatch’s wheels, tailpipes and steering wheel. In March 2020, the head of Volkswagen’s high-performance R division said the new Golf R would feature “technology nobody expects”.