- The new Volkswagen Golf GTI is scheduled to debut in March at the Geneva auto show.
- The high-performance Golf R version of the Mk 8 Golf will follow a few months later, debuting in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K.
- Both of these variants are confirmed for the U.S. market, and will likely go on sale late this year as 2021 models.
Volkswagen is getting ready to show the new Golf GTI hot hatch, which will be revealed at the Geneva auto show in March according to a report from Autocar. It's the same hot-hatch formula you know and love applied to the new Mk 8 Golf hatchback, as seen in these spy photos of a nearly undisguised GTI prototype. The Golf R, an even higher-performance version of the iconic VW hatch with more power and all-wheel drive, will follow by a few months, reportedly debuting at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
We've already heard some exciting rumors about the new GTI, including that its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine will make upwards of 250 horsepower, a fairly significant bump over the current Mk 7 GTI's 228 horsepower. Compared to the standard Mk 8 Golf hatchback, the GTI will also get a more aggressive-looking body kit, a sportier suspension setup, and—we can only hope—classic GTI touches such as a golf-ball manual shift knob and plaid seats.
Volkswagen has confirmed that both the next-generation Golf GTI and the Golf R hatchbacks will be sold in the U.S. market, although it hasn't said whether or not the base Golf hatch will make it to our shores. We expect to see the GTI arrive in America late in 2020 as a 2021 model, with the Golf R following it by a few months. Stay tuned for more information to come on these new models as we near their official debuts.
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