A little under a week since themade its debut, the range-topping R variant for this generation has also been partially unveiled at the Zell am See ice racing event in Austria, wearing a ’50 Years of Golf’ commemorative livery.
When it makes its official debut in mid-2024, the range-topper will join the R-Line, GTI and GTE variants, which were shown at the debut of the facelifted range, commonly dubbed the Mk8.5.
The Golf R Mk8.5 will join the rest of the facelifted Golf range in featuring the new-generation LED matrix headlamps (optional on other variants) as well as the illuminated Volkswagen emblem.
Inside, the Golf R facelift can also be expected to take after its stablemates, which have been updated toinstead of the on the pre-facelift. The fourth-generation modular infotainment system that is now part of the Golf feature set can also be expected in the Golf R Mk8.5.
Technical specifications of the facelifted Mk8 Golf R have yet to be revealed, though it can be expected to take after the Golf GTI in featuring an uprated version of its 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, which now produces 261 hp in the GTI, up from 245 hp and 370 Nm in its Mk8 pre-facelift.
The Mk8.5 Golf R can also be expected to feature engine output gains, up from the 320 PS and 420 Nm of the(400 Nm ), and driveline will continue to feature the Volkswagen R-badge signature that is all-wheel-drive, and most likely the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission as well.
In terms of special editions produced officially by the carmaker, theoutputs 333 PS, with the same 420 Nm of peak torque from the engine codenamed EA888.
While the upcoming model has been shown as a five-door hatchback, previous sightings of an estate indicate there will also befor this iteration, according to . This range will comprise the final petrol-powered version of the Volkswagen Golf R, before the manufacturer transitions into a fully electric line of R-branded models by 2030, the carmaker said.
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