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2019 Golf Mk8 spied – basis for next-gen R?


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The all-new, eighth generation Golf has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring for the first time. Hidden underneath a pushed and pulled current-gen Golf body, Volkswagen is promising the Mk8 will be the biggest technical leap in a single generation in the Golf’s 44-year history. On top of the usual emphasis on fuel saving, the new tech will also benefit the next GTI and R models as they turn to electrification to push the boundaries of hot hatch performance.

 

The core of this new performance will be the adoption of a new 48V hybrid system. As well as supporting fuel-saving technology such as engine-off coasting and an integrated starter-motor and generator, the 48V system will also allow VW to develop electrically driven turbochargers to improve performance on models such as the GTI and R. Unlike a number of its rivals, Volkswagen will offer its next Golf as both three- and five-door options, as well as an estate, while the GTI’s classic red design clues and understated looks should also remain intact.

 

The next Golf R, meanwhile, is rumoured to be moving towards an all-wheel-drive system with an electrically driven rear axle, replacing the previous Haldex system. Apart from the added performance benefits of integrating an electric motor into the Golf R’s powertrain, the rear-axle motor will also give engineers the ability to apply finer control to the power distribution between the front and rear axles, rather than relying on the reactive Haldex system that has a front-axle power bias.

 

 

Although the new Golf will be based on the same basic chassis as the current model, the new car will be both longer and wider, offering greater interior space and providing packaging solutions for any future electric drivetrains. Regular Golf models will be powered by a selection of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, with a new diesel unit also under development. The demand for the current GTE plug-in electric hybrid has all but guaranteed the Mk8 will also have a GTE model in its range, although it’s expected a fully electric Golf will be sidelined as VW ramps up its I.D. range of electric cars. A manual gearbox will still be offered in the majority of new Golfs, but it is expected that VW will also introduce a new, more efficiency-focused automatic gearbox.

 

 

The all-new Golf will also receive an all-new interior and infotainment system. The latest Polo and Touareg SUV have both been revealed with new ‘stacked’ designs, placing large, glossy infotainment screens high in the driver’s eyeline in conjunction with Volkswagen’s virtual dials. We expect the Mk8 Golf to offer a similar set-up, likely integrating the all-new Touareg’s 15-inch infotainment system on higher trim lines, along with the latest autonomous driving and active safety technology.

 

Audi, SEAT and Skoda’s next generation of mid-sized hatchbacks (A3, Leon and Octavia respectively) will also benefit from the Golf’s development, with engine, gearboxes, connectivity and autonomous technology feeding through the group.

 

We’ll see the first production Mk8 Golfs in the spring of 2019, with deliveries expected by the summer of next year. The GTI and R models are expected towards the end of 2019.

 

Article via EVO Magazine.

 

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Just had a quick look at new MK8.

Looks almost identical to the MK7. Tech is moved on but I’ll have to see it in the flesh and see how the driving reviews pan out.

 

I will probably want a change to RS3 / A45 or M2 Comp (used) to enjoy the feeling of buying something very different to my current car. It’s all about boredom after 4 years of ownership.

At the moment I still enjoy the car and it’s ability.

A Stage 2 R is almost too good even if it lacks a bit of character.

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Just had a quick look at new MK8.
Looks almost identical to the MK7. Tech is moved on but I’ll have to see it in the flesh and see how the driving reviews pan out.
 
I will probably want a change to RS3 / A45 or M2 Comp (used) to enjoy the feeling of buying something very different to my current car. It’s all about boredom after 4 years of ownership.
At the moment I still enjoy the car and it’s ability.
A Stage 2 R is almost too good even if it lacks a bit of character.
Yep I must admit as nice as the R is I will look for something a bit different when the time comes but not sure what at the moment, last few cars have been a bit different...

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2 minutes ago, SpursMadDave said:

Yep I must admit as nice as the R is I will look for something a bit different when the time comes but not sure what at the moment, last few cars have been a bit different...

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What I've done to my car Dave makes it even harder to find a 'better' car.

Its the same old problem.....one day I get the boredom / itch to change but then I don't. I get in it take it for a quick blast and think...can an M2 do that any better? Well it wouldn't in the wet and I don't particularly like sideways heart in the mouth unannounced moments......great on track where there's no hedges or cars coming the other way.

 

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What I've done to my car Dave makes it even harder to find a 'better' car.
Its the same old problem.....one day I get the boredom / itch to change but then I don't. I get in it take it for a quick blast and think...can an M2 do that any better? Well it wouldn't in the wet and I don't particularly like sideways heart in the mouth unannounced moments......great on track where there's no hedges or cars coming the other way.
 
Yeah its not always better just different. I have joined forces with a couple of friends and we have a BMW track toy for 2019 meeting up to strip it down soon

That will take care of thrills (and most likely spills lol) fairly cheaply so maybe I will go down the luxury route as I admit I miss my Jag sometimes...6bff709fbecc4ab828dbc1e47039e5dc.jpg

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XFS sounds interesting.....a friend had one but now moved to a Tesla.....he rated his XFS.
I loved mine but it was one of the very early 3l diesel ones and on 100k+ was likely to start costing me...

Beautiful place to be and really made every journey feel special oh and no slouch for a 2 tonne+ barge 3c6a4516b5b682cbbaaf501ccf31980f.jpg9364031559aeaecf71055bbefd8e1ca1.jpg

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