The first high-performance version of the Golf 8 will have its world premiere in early March at the Geneva Motor Show.
This information was revealed by Autocar , which received a press invitation to premiere the high-performance version of the new Golf. The same source states that the Golf 8 GTD will debut in Geneva , while the most powerful series version – the Golf R – will be unveiled at the Festival of Speed event in July in Goodwood, England.
The new GTI will only be made in the 5-door version, and Autocar claims that under the hood will be an upgraded version of the existing 4-cylinder 2.0 turbo gasoline, which will deliver 246 bhp (181 kW) as standard, while having a more powerful option with 291 HP (214 kW). Power will be transmitted to the wheels via a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
When it comes to the Golf GTD , this car will be powered by a 2.0 turbo-diesel unit with a straight 200 “horsepower” (147 kW), and the choice of gearbox will be the same as that of the GTI.
Lastly, the Golf R, which arrives in the summer of 2020, will have at least 300 horsepower, while in the extreme version it would have around 400 hp! Power will be transmitted to all four wheels as before.
Volkswagen will also launch a new GTE plug-in hybrid in 204 hp (150 kW) and 245 hp (180 kW) variants by the end of the year . Both versions will use 13 kWh batteries.
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