The New Volkswagen Golf R Can Become The Most Powerful Hatchback Of The Decade
Next year Volkswagen intends to present the eighth generation of its best-selling Golf. Its extremer R version will get an engine with a capacity of more than 400 hp and thus become one of the most powerful hot hatches of the current decade.
Volkswagen really wants to compete with the high-performance hatchbacks of Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The modern Golf R with its 310-horsepower engine is practically ‘out of the game’, but its new generation can lure customers of the Great German Three.
Technical details about the next Golf R have not been confirmed yet, but it is known that the power of its 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 will exceed 400 hp. The motor will be mated with a 4MOTION four-wheel drive system and a seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Apparently, the Golf R will get a mild-hybrid 48-volt technology, which is expected on the base model. This system will not only allow adding dynamics due to a powerful driving starter generator, but also saving fuel.
Apart from significantly improved performance the Golf R will get a more aggressive exterior.
Journalists of the British Auto Express called the most powerful hatchbacks of their decades. In the 70es of the 20th century in Europe it was the Volkswagen Golf GTI with a 1.6-liter 110-hp engine.
In the 80es it was the Opel Astra GTE (150 hp), in the 90es – the Ford Escort RS Cosworth (230 hp), in the 2000es – the Ford Focus RS (300 hp).
In this decade the Audi RS 3 Sportback with a 365-horsepower engine wins the hearts of fans of drive. A hot hatch number one for today is the Mercedes-AMG A 45 with a 385-hp motor under the hood.