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We Hear: Next-Gen Volkswagen Golf GTI Will Be a 300-HP Hot Hatch

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/22/2015 Erick Ayapana

The next, eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is still years away, but there’s some interesting speculation that the performance variants will produce no less than 300 hp.

According to our colleagues at AUTOMOBILE, the next-gen Golf GTI should put out exactly 300 hp from what is essentially the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four powering the current Golf R. That’s a significant jump from the current GTI, which is rated at 210 hp or 220 hp if equipped with a performance package. Power would still be delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic. The report also suggests a V-6, hybrid, or all-electric powertrain are on the table, though those options are less likely to be greenlit. Golf GTE Sport concept.© Provided by MotorTrend Golf GTE Sport concept.

Meanwhile, the all-wheel drive Golf R would also get a power bump to around 350 hp, up from the 292 horses it currently makes. AUTOMOBILE also speculates a Golf RS would join the lineup, breaching the 400-hp mark. This would likely be the successor to the purported Golf R400, a new model that Volkswagen is expected to approve for production soon. Unlike the GTI, the Golf R and RS could get two turbochargers, include one electrically boosted turbine. Volkswagen Group is currently developing electric turbos aimed at providing low-end grunt and supplementing conventional exhaust-driven turbo.

Not surprisingly, the next-generation Golf will be an evolution of the current model. It’ll still ride on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, though the GTI could lose up to 100 pounds. Styling will evolve to a sharper look with possible design cues from the radical Golf GTE Sportconcept shown at last week’s Wörthsee festival.

Check out the full report from AUTOMOBILEhere.

Source: AUTOMOBILE

Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept Profile 2© Provided by MotorTrend Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Concept Profile 2
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