When Volkswagen scrapped its 300 kW Golf project, the hot-hatch fraternity was none too pleased. However, it looks as though the super Golf could be given a new lease on life.
Auto Express reports that the German manufacturer will be closing in on its higher-powered competitors with a possible 298 kW variant of the Golf 8. But with the next-generation Golf set to go on sale sometime next year, it’s likely that we’ll see this model only by 2020.
“The R brand is going extreme. The role of R is that it can go beyond the rational; nobody needs a compact car with 400bhp, but is there a place for it? Certainly, and that’s the turf of R,” VW’s sales and marketing boss Jürgen Stackmann told the British publication.
There’s no hint as to what powertrain configuration this rumoured Golf hyper-hatch could sport, but it's likely to resemble that of the current Golf R’s turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder, dual-clutch and all-wheel-drive system.
The 48v system that was recently announced could also play a part here. This is especially pertinent in light of the fact that the previous R400 concept was scrapped at least in part due to the emissions scandal that hit headlines in 2015.
As far as styling is concerned, it’s believed that the hyper-Golf will be a lot more aggressive-looking than the present crop of performance Golfs.
“With a little more expressive design, R can go beyond the rational side of things. It can find its place in a different league of pure performance and there’s a space where customers are willing to pay a significant amount of money,” Stackmann said.