The next Volkswagen Golf R could have up to 300bhp, Auto Express can reveal.
An insider told us the new flagship would definitely deliver 20bhp more than the previous 265bhp model, but that the total power output “could even start with a three” – putting the car right up against the new Audi S3.
Yet despite being the hottest Golf ever, the newcomer is likely to be slightly cheaper than before, with prices starting at around £30,000.
Once again, a 2.0-litre turbo engine will drive all four wheels. However, Volkswagen is trying to cut the weight of the 4WD system – the old Golf R was 150kg heavier than the GTI, but the difference is likely to be around 100kg this time round.
The new model could also feature a development of the Golf GTI’s optional electronically controlled mechanical front limited slip differential to provide torque vectoring and help reduce understeer. It will also get a specially developed electronic stability system which can be fully deactivated, unlike on the GTI.
Another new feature for the Golf R will be quad exhaust pipes for the first time; the previous car had two central mufflers. The new Golf R is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and go on sale in the UK early next year.
We'll publish the new VW Golf GTI review on Monday 21 April.