Recent spy shots reveal that the seventh-generation Golf is currently undergoing a mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year. Among numerous prototypes testing around Europe, a Golf R version has recently been spotted. The spy shots reveal a number of styling updates on both the hatchback and wagon models. Rumor has it that the VW Golf R Variant (wagon) won’t make it to the U.S. market. According to reliable reports, the 2018 Golf R could hit the dealerships in mid-2017.
2018 VW Golf R Changes
As it is usually the case with Volkswagens, the upcoming mid-cycle update won’t bring radical changes to the exterior. Instead, expect the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R to receive a slightly revised bumper and grille. Other visible updates will include new LED signatures for both the headlights and taillights. The spied test mule reveals a larger center bumper vent and reshaped side air intakes. As for the rear end, it’s still difficult to discern any changes aside from the revised taillights. On top of that, expect the new Golf to offer new wheel designs and exterior colors.
Changes will be even more subtle inside the cabin. Apart from new upholstery colors, the current layout will remain largely unchanged. Now, the 2018 Golf R will bring more substantial enhancements when it comes to technology. Expect it to feature a revised infotainment system with a larger touchscreen, as well as Volkswagen’s latest safety systems. Of course, there will be a host of features that set the Golf R apart from standard versions. Those include sport seats covered in Nappa leather, a blue-illuminated dashboard, and a three-spoke steering wheel with chrome “R” logo.
2018 Golf R Engine Department
The 2018 VW Golf R will have the familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder under its hood. Official output numbers have yet to come but we don’t expect this unit to stray far from the current version.That means the engine is likely to produce 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive will once again come standard, with 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch transmissions available.
As mentioned, the 2018 Golf R changes won’t bring anything spectacular to the automotive industry. However, the last update before the next-generation makes its debut will help this model stay competitive in this race. The Volkswagen Golf R’s key rivals include several formidable models such as the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R.