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Here's the 2021 VW Golf R before Its July Debut

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 2/11/2020 Connor Hoffman
a car parked on the side of a snow covered road: The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four in the Golf R could produce as much as 330 horsepower. © Chris Doane Automotive The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four in the Golf R could produce as much as 330 horsepower.

Volkswagen will show the new Golf GTI hot hatch at the Geneva auto show in March, and it'll show the even higher-performance Golf R, which has more power and all-wheel drive, in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K.

a car parked in the snow: Here's the 2021 VW Golf R before Its July Debut © Chris Doane Automotive Here's the 2021 VW Golf R before Its July Debut

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The Golf R doesn't look that much different from the standard 2020 Golf. It has a different and more angular lower front grille; slightly larger, sportier wheels; and, of course, there's the quad-tip exhaust.

As for the engine, it'll be powered by a higher-output version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. We expect that it'll produce as much as 330 horsepower in the Golf R since the GTI variant might put out at least 250 horsepower.

The new Golf GTI will come first, with the R following by a few months, and we expect that the Golf R will make its way to our shores in late 2020 or early 2021 as a 2021 model. There are rumors that the GTI will become the base Golf for the U.S., and its cost could come down a bit from the 2019 model's $28,490 base price, meaning it's possible the Golf R could also go down from its $41,290 base price.

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