Volkswagen is gearing up to launch a performance-focused version of its forthcoming Golf Mk8 hatchback – and it has been spotted in the wild for the first time. It’s surprising that Volkswagen did not reveal the all-new eighth-generation Golf at the recent Geneva International Motor Show — especially since the latest batch of spy shots show the car totally undisguised and ready to go. Hmm, they’re probably waiting to reveal all on home turf at the Frankfurt Motor Show (September) but by then there may be nothing else left to see as these new snaps give us a pretty clear indication of what to expect of the popular five-door hatchback.
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The eighth-generation Golf will reportedly incorporate the renowned MQB platform that makes use of lightweight materials allowing the hatchback to be approximately 110 pounds lighter than before. Under the hood, VW will apparently offer a diverse range of engines, which will include a 48-volt hybrid system for a better fuel economy. To further improve efficiency, VW will install its cylinder shut-off and engine-off coasting technology. However, since the photos show a test version, there is still a cluster of wires and tubes. What really lies inside will be known on release.
TCR Run-out Model
We’re confident of that thanks to the recent TCR run-out model, which with 290hp and a more engaging setup has set a new agenda for GTI models this side of the circuit-honed Clubsport variant. The Mk8 GTI might not get the TCR’s output, but its updated EA888 motor is expected to have a healthy 260hp, with the motorsport-inspired TCR to make a return shortly after to provide something in the region of 300hp. That would extend the hot Golf’s attack onto the most focussed hatches, including the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Sport Megane Trophy. The next GTI will also retain the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch, keeping everyone happy.
The Mild Hybrid
The Golf adopts a mild hybrid, 48-volt technology to keep fuel economy and CO2 emissions in check. The 1.0- and 1.5-liter engines feature a belt-driven starter-generator which recovers kinetic energy when the car coasts, send it to a small battery pack and pumps it through the drivetrain under acceleration. The system relies on data from the navigation system to locate the best place to release electricity; extra power makes more sense when going up a steep hill than when cruising through a crowded city center, for example.
The car is also expected to have an interior that’s almost completely devoid of conventional switches, at least on the higher-end models. Volkswagen design boss Klaus Bischoff has been quoted as saying that the Mk8’s interior is a total” digital environment, with the steering wheel the only conventional component. Touchscreens will replace the traditional instrument binnacle and climate controls. Even the white 3157 led headlight bulb switch could be replaced by a touchpad.