A high-power version of Volkswagen Golf R might be on the way if a British owner’s manual is anything to go by.
South African Volkswagen fans are eagerly waiting for the local arrival of the Golf 8 GTI in the second quarter of 2021 but the potent Golf 8 R is due towards the end of the year and will pack no less than 235 kW and 420 Nm of torque. Those are impressive numbers and the Golf R is expected to dash from zero to 100 kph in 4.7 seconds.
However, there could be a more powerful Golf 8 R Plus in the pipeline as indicated in a British owner's manual, as discovered by volkswizard, which lists a 2.0-litre TSI ‘DNFF’ engine with power outputs of 245 kW and 420 Nm of torque which implies that a more potent Golf R could be unleashed at some point. However, there is no official confirmation from Volkswagen as to if or when this supposed Golf R Plus will come to fruition.
For now though, the standard 235 kW Golf 8 R will have to do and if a Golf R Plus version is to be introduced, it will likely come to market later on in the Golf 8’s life cycle.
Local specification and pricing for the Golf 8 R will be revealed closer to launch but late last year we postured that the Golf 8 R could be priced very close to the R1-million mark by the time it reaches our shores, but that remains to be seen...
As always, we will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.