Slightly underneath per week because the facelifted, eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf made its debut, the range-topping R variant for this era has additionally been partially unveiled on the Zell am See ice racing occasion in Austria, sporting a ’50 Years of Golf’ commemorative livery.
When it makes its official debut in mid-2024, the range-topper will be part of the R-Line, GTI and GTE variants, which had been proven on the debut of the facelifted vary, generally dubbed the Mk8.5.
The Golf R Mk8.5 will be part of the remainder of the facelifted Golf vary in that includes the new-generation LED matrix headlamps (optionally available on different variants) in addition to the illuminated Volkswagen emblem.
Inside, the Golf R facelift can be anticipated to take after its stablemates, which have been up to date to as soon as once more function bodily steering wheel buttons as an alternative of the touch-surface controls on the pre-facelift. The fourth-generation modular infotainment system that’s now a part of the Golf function set can be anticipated within the Golf R Mk8.5.
Technical specs of the facelifted Mk8 Golf R have but to be revealed, although it may be anticipated to take after the Golf GTI in that includes an uprated model of its 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, which now produces 261 hp within the GTI, up from 245 hp and 370 Nm in its Mk8 pre-facelift.
The Mk8.5 Golf R can be anticipated to function engine output good points, up from the 320 PS and 420 Nm of the Mk8 Golf R (400 Nm for Malaysia), and driveline will proceed to function the Volkswagen R-badge signature that’s all-wheel-drive, and probably the DSG dual-clutch computerized transmission as properly.
By way of particular editions produced formally by the carmaker, the Golf R 20 Years outputs 333 PS, with the identical 420 Nm of peak torque from the engine codenamed EA888.
Whereas the upcoming mannequin has been proven as a five-door hatchback, earlier sightings of an property point out there may even be Golf R Variant for this iteration, in response to Autocar. This vary will comprise the ultimate petrol-powered model of the Volkswagen Golf R, earlier than the producer transitions into a totally electrical line of R-branded fashions by 2030, the carmaker stated.
GALLERY: 2023 Volkswagen Mk8 Golf R in Malaysia
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