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Volkswagen Golf R420 prototype returns to the ‘Ring


Having seemingly closed the chapter on introducing a Golf more powerful than the R, a new spy video taken at the Nürburgring appears to suggest that Volkswagen will indeed put the Golf R420 into production.

Shelved last year as a result of the automaker shifting its attention to electric vehicles, the supposed production version of the Golf R400 concept, itself mothballed due to the dieselgate emissions saga, sported a retuned version of the Audi RS3 and TT RS’ 2.5-litre turbocharged, five-cylinder engine producing 309kW or 420 PS as its name points out.

According to the video posted by, the test mule, still with the same exterior as the R and licence plate, likely features the 4Motion all-wheel drive system and DSG gearbox as evident by the rapid shifts.

While the online publication claims that the prototype could very well be the final send-off for the current generation Mk 7.5 Golf, an additional theory is that it could be serving as a test bed for the eighth generation R, which, according to a report by Britain’s Auto Express in May, will team the existing 2.0 TSI mill with an electric motor for a total system output of 298kW, the same as the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG A45  and BMW M140i.

With the all-new Mark 8 slated to debut next year, the R is only due to arrive in 2020 but expect more details to have emerged by then.

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