2021 VW Golf R snapped without disguise, more power coming – UPDATE: teaser!

The upcoming Volkswagen Golf R has been caught on the production line, giving us the best look yet at the German hot hatch.

UPDATE, 17 September: The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R has been teased ahead of the model’s unveiling on 4 November, 2020.

The shadowy image of the Golf R was shared in a short video on American racing car driving Tanner Foust’s Twitter account, though the video mostly showed Volkswagen’s new T-Roc R SUV.

While the teaser video did give us a glimpse of the Golf R’s new illuminated grille, the model has been spied many times previously. See the original article below with links to previous sightings.

CarAdvice understands the new Volkswagen Golf R will be offered locally with between 228kW to 245kW from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine – though the higher figure may be reserved for a special edition.

Keep an eye on the CarAdvice Facebook page to get the latest news. To view the video from Tanner Foust’s tweet, click here.

12 August: The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R has been secretly snapped on the production line, as new details emerge about the model’s drivetrain.

The pictures – originally posted to internet forum Cochespias – reveal a new ‘R’ badge for the flagship Golf hot hatch, fitted directly below the recently-updated VW emblem.

Signature quad exhaust tips appear to be different from earlier spy pics of the Golf R, perhaps indicating an optional exhaust system.

Blue highlights on the brakes and steering wheel distinguish the Golf R from other models, and the interior benefits from a digital instrument cluster – as previously seen on the Golf GTI.

CarAdvice can confirm the new Golf R will be offered in Australia with more power.

It’s understood the engine won’t be carried over from the current Golf R, with the new model expected to benefit from a new powertrain with extra performance.

While no details have been confirmed, rumours have suggested the new Golf R could see as much as 250kW – an increase of 37kW over the current powertrain.