If this super Golf R happens, we’ll probably see it two years from now

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A new report claims Volkswagen is hard at work to produce a Golf R hot hatch based on the Mk8 Golf. The 2023 Golf R will supposedly have to do battle against the likes of Mercedes-AMG A45, Honda Civic Type R, and Hyundai i30 N with underpinnings from the newly-launched Mk8 Golf GTI.

It might have lost a big name, but the hot hatch scene is still, well, hot

Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower
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The Mercedes-AMG A 45 is more powerful than ever. The Civic Type R is still a hot hatch that’s nothing to play with and Hyundai is riding on high horses with the N-badged i30. And despite that fact that we won’t have a fourth-generation Focus RS, Volkswagen is eyeing for domination in the segment with a new Golf R.

Australia’s Which Car? reports that the eight-gen Golf R should come in two years’ time with a $60,000 sticker and underpinnings borrowed from the new GTI.

Those underpinnings include the powertrain as well. The new Mk8 Golf GTI is developed around a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four mill tuned to produce 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque (these are EU-spec figures, but the hot hatch is coming to the U.S. later in 2021).

Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower
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The same outlet quotes “leaked internal documents” that say the incoming Golf R will keep hold of the 2.0-liter four-pot, albeit in a souped-up version good for 245 kilowatts (329 horsepower).

And here comes the bombshell: the Golf R Plus, an even hardcore version of the already hardcore R could have as much as 300 kilowatts (402 horsepower), provided it gets the approval of VW’s head honchos.

To deliver that sort of grunt and still abide by the EU’s emissions regulations, the VW Golf R+ will have to pack a hybrid powertrain, with an additional e-motor spinning the rear axle to keep the car’s all-wheel-drive flavour unaltered.

Report: The 2023 Volkswagen Golf R Plus Could Deliver 400 Hybrid Horsepower
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It’s way too early to talk about such a solution, but as Motor1 points out, VW showed us that it’s possible with the 409-horsepower 2017 Golf GTI First Decade.

Photo credit: Emre Husmen on Behance

Source: Which Car

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