Volkswagen teases upcoming high performance Golf

A more sporting Volkswagen Golf is in the works, and could sit above the GTI Clubsport and R as a hardcore special

Volkswagen Golf GTI 2022

Volkswagen has released a teaser image of an upcoming, sporty version of the Mk8 Golf, which could be a halo model with more track focus than the existing GTI Clubsport and R variants.

Details are scarce, but the car in the image is wearing a rear spoiler from the Performance Pack-equipped Golf GTI Clubsport and R, and the front bumper looks to be borrowed from the four-wheel drive R, suggesting that this could be a more focused version of the 316bhp hot hatch.

Volkswagen released a track-honed GTI Clubsport S version of the old Mk7-generation Golf, but there has never been a sharper R model. This new car could either be a GTI Clubsport S or an R Clubsport, the latter of which would be a first, and in time for the 20th anniversary of the Golf R's ancestor: the Mk4 Golf R32.

Either way, the new car is likely to receive revised geometry and a retuned suspension set-up for improved cornering ability, as well as recalibrated chassis systems. If the car is a four-wheel drive R Clubsport, these will work in conjunction with a torque vectoring rear differential, which is able to send 100 per cent of available torque to each of the rear wheels, as well as offering a Drift Mode. A front-wheel-drive Clubsport S model will be fitted with an electromechanical locking differential. 

Power will come from Volkswagen's ubiquitous EA888 motor in either case, with the 2.0-litre turbocharged unit producing more than 300bhp. The current GTI Clubsport and R models are exclusively available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox in the UK, but if this new variant is a track-focused special for purists, then a manual gearbox could be on the cards. Volkswagen may even remove the rear seats for weight savings, as it did with the Mk7 GTI Clubsport S.

The new high-performance Golf will be revealed in full in the coming weeks, and is likely to cost in excess of £40,000.

Check out what happened when we placed the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport against the Golf R here...

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