Volkswagen Teases First Glimpse Of Its Updated Golf R

This facelifted version of Volkswagen’s hottest Golf will debut internationally around mid-2024. 

Following on from the recent reveal of the facelifted normal and GTI variants of the Golf, Volkswagen has since also teased (at an ice race event) the imminent debut of an updated R trim of its mid-sized hatchback. 

Further details regarding this hottest Golf out there is unfortunately not officially disclosed by its maker thus far, but what has nevertheless been confirmed is that this updated R will be making its world premiere in mid-2024. Just in time for when the 50th anniversary celebrations for this long-lasting Volkswagen model will be in full swing.

And while the tech specs regarding this update is not forthcoming, the official teaser images of a blue camouflaged version of this upcoming facelifted hot hatch does hint at a few minor exterior changes that differentiate this revised version over the outgoing model. Chief among which includes the new R-badged alloys worn by the prototype, in addition to a slightly tweaked front bumper which now contains a centrally mounted radar sensor. 

Much like its recently revealed tamer counterparts as well, it is to be expected for the R to follow them in gaining a new tweaked interior that brings with it more premium cabin materials and the latest generation MIB4 infotainment system. Joy of joy too, this will likely see the reintroduction of physical buttons to its steering wheel.  

From the updates brought to the regular and GTI variants, this hottest of Golfs should also see a modest power bump from its already healthy 320 PS and 420 Nm of torque. A hunch that is backed by the fact for VW to have already boosted the current EA888 turbo four-pot to 333 PS, which debut in the limited-run Golf R 333 (that celebrated 20 years of Golf R) last year. 

Moving on from the front to the rear meanwhile, it is further expected that Volkswagen will continue offering the Golf R in both hatchback and estate forms with this new update. Chances of the long roof landing in Malaysia are unfortunately slim to zero though, with the complications of local assembly also perhaps possibly to delay the local arrival of its shorter sibling to early next year as a conservative guesstimate. 

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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