Volkswagen has yet to reveal the eighth generation of its best-selling car, but the folks from Wolfsburg are already eager to talk a bit about the flagship of the Golf range.
In an interview with Top Gear magazine, Jost Capito referred to the Golf R as being the “crown jewel of performance” in the Golf lineup, mentioning the next installment of the high-powered hatchback is going to be “fantastic.”
What does that mean?
It won’t go down the electrified route as Volkswagen board member Jürgen Stackmann argued a hybrid needs to be more affordable and eco-friendly. This Golf R is fulfilling the role of a sports car. That’s what the GTE is for, which will return for a new generation to serve as an alternative to the GTI.
Stackmann labeled the Golf R as the “performance king,” but don’t expect a ridiculous amount of power.
VW decided against a production version of the R400 concept, Capito explained it would’ve been too expensive to purchase and own. People shopping in this segment want around 300 horsepower and a price tag below €50,000.
The current Golf R starts off at €44,405 in domestic market Germany and from $40,395 in the United States. Coming out with the 400-horsepower Golf R would’ve meant losing half of the sales volume, Capito added.