• Volkswagen Golf GTI and R Mules

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI and R Mules

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI and R Mules

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI test mule

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI test mule

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI test mule

  • Volkswagen Golf R test mule

  • Volkswagen Golf R test mule

  • Volkswagen Golf R test mule

  • Volkswagen Golf GTI test mule interior

Volkswagen Golf GTI test mule – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen has apparently commenced road tests for the company's next-generation Golf GTI and Golf R. Our legion of crafty spy photographers managed to nab a few photos of a pair of test mules spotted out and about in public. From the looks of things, the upcoming Golf GTI will rely on a set of dual-exhaust pipes in the future while the more menacing Golf R will go for quad pipes.

Volkswagen hasn't released any final details on either vehicle, but from the whispers kicking around the web, it sounds like both hatches will need their new easy-breathing exhausts. In GTI trim, the Golf is expected to kick out around 230 horsepower – 30 more ponies than the current model. Step up the Golf R and you'll likely be treated to closer to 300 ponies.

Long live the hot hatch. Stay tuned for more details as they surface, but in the meantime, check out this high-res gallery of spy shots.


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      Luke Colorado
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dig the flares!
      4 String
      • 4 Years Ago
      But but but but it looks just like the last gen GTI AHURRRRRRR---imitating the geniuses who said the same thing about the Lexus GS mules running around. AHURRRDURRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :]
      • 4 Years Ago
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      tantareanujellob
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW design is stuck in the 80s.
        rocketmoose
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        No random swoopan lines and silly bulges make it from the 80s? I'm okay with that, then.
      Hampton
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW needs to do something about their abysmal quality rating. Their product is so appealing on paper but having had two VW's(one GTI) and seeing that they lag in quality surveys I can resist the temptation. No three times burned for Me
      Elmo
      • 4 Years Ago
      In before "This car looks like the old car"...
      • 4 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current GTI is just an update on the previous GTI. So the new one is coming within a year. Also, mind showing me where you read that current VWs are known for having their body parts fall off? Seriously? Is this what you think about EVERY manufacturer? Because you said the exact same thing about GM in the Batman article. Also, what info are you looking at? 4-5 years to launch a new car? It took a for the 2010 Mustang to be launched. If I were you, I would really stop basing your knowledge on how long the LF-A and Scion FR-S took to come out.
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is a life cycle, not how long it took Honda to launch a new USDM Civic. It took them probably 1 or 2 years to develop and design the new Civic and then launch it, not 4-5. And no, we're not about to get a new Camry. There won't be a new Camry until a few years from now with how long they've taken with the current Camry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      anybody that says current GTI's are underpowered compared to the competition needs to drive one, they definitely aren't slow. this new one looks even better though
        Tippy Dobbs
        • 4 Years Ago
        No one is saying that GTI's are slow, but you can't argue that they aren't underpowered. 200bhp from a 2.0 turbo isn't exactly pushing the limits of what's possible. The 2.0T in the new Focus ST puts out almost 250bhp and Kia's 2.0T puts out 274bhp! I'm not saying that either of those two cars are necessarily better to drive than a GTI, I'm just pointing out that VW has some catching up to do in the power department.
          4 String
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Tippy Dobbs
          The power is not the issue so much as that fake differential. That's the real bottleneck, in engineering terms. If you still have cooked brakes with just two laps of 200hp, what good is it to increase output to 250-280? Install a real differential, and then you can talk about output.
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've driven one, both on track and on the street. No, it isn't slow but they aren't nearly as fast as the competition and that is what the issue is. I couldn't stand the XDS differential on the track, as it completely cooked the brakes after two hot laps at Summit Point. That stupid e-Diff is the worst thing about the vehicle. The DSG is a great transmission, I just don't trust them after my friend's GTI and the issues that he had with his.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          [blocked]
          NightFlight
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          @ Gorgenapper Yeah, I have a '10 MS3. @ Keven Fitzpatrick Name calling is a sign of low intelligence, just an FYI. Also, you shouldn't call anyone an idiot until you learn how to spell, punctuate properly, and improve your sentence structure. "Get a life so we don't have to read your flagarantly false and icteasingly irrelevant trash." Okay, guy. I quote STATISTICALLY SOUND reliability studies because they would know better than some random person on the Internet. VW is ranked at or near the very bottom with all of the sources I continue to quote which seems to upset you greatly. You chosing not to listen to them is your choice, but I'd rather not gamble $20,000+ on a vehicle where the odds are definitely against you. Why do I bash VW constantly? Well my best friends GTI is the #1 reason because of the way that VWoA treated him as well as different area dealerships. My mother's MK4 Jetta GLX was a nightmare. FOUR different VW products have been LEMONED where I work and all were late model vehicles. Two Touaregs, a Passat, and an A4. Is that reason enough for you???? You are getting bent out of shape over statistically sound data, or facts that have been proven. You must work for VW. Take a breather, guy.
          Gorgenapper
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Agreed with everything, especially the fake diff and DSG. I spoke with a random, off the shelf GTI owner at a car wash a few months ago. He had the DSG on his VW, and when prompted he mentioned that it worked great, but had to be repaired twice already under warranty. He is on a VW board and he says that many other people report similar things with their DSG equipped GTIs. Now, I don't know about you, but when a complete stranger who owns a GTI fesses up and says that his DSG failed twice, and that he knows of other people in the same boat, I would tend to believe him. Nightflight, you have a Gen 2 MS3, correct?
          Keven Fitzpatrick
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          You haven't "driven.one" - stop.lying you VW hating partisan zealot troll. We all all know you will post the same pathetic, unsubstantiated and embarrassing rhetoric on every item marked VW on autoblog. You're a troll and nothing more. You are a joke. Get a life so we don't have to read your flagarantly false and icteasingly irrelevant trash. You "have a friend who has 'xx' car" for any pathetic talking point you want to appear and substantiate. Note to you idiot : nobody takes fools like you seriously. Keep preaching your talking points, "Well true Delta said this!" And hopefully you'll self destruct sooner rather than later.
      vwromans
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one here calling BS on this being a mule? First, I'm not buying the arches as something VW is playing with. There is no real reason for them and if it were a real mule, I think they would be mirrored in the front. Also, why a trailer hitch on a mule? I know they are on every car in Europe but there is no real reason why VW would put a hitch on the car. I drive an MKIV GTI and it's been dead reliable. Cars (and their perceptions) from the 80s have changed people. As to the 911 evolving, yes it has, although not sure it's always in the right direction. Point in case, the 996.
        tantareanujellob
        • 4 Years Ago
        @vwromans
        They simulate sustained high load driving by having the mule pull a trailer up steep roads or extreme heat. http://imgs.worldcarfans.com/2010/8/17/large/4383758941952904860.jpg
      Zero 2 Turbo
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a pile of crap. Looks exactly the same!
      tantareanujellob
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW quality at its best http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lsEx_-b_o0
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        I attribute the problem to the fact he was listening to Lady Gaga. No seriously, VW electrical gremlins are well known and this isn't an isolated case at all. It isn't even worth posting. My best friend's 2008 GTI had similar problems, and the vehicle acted like it was possessed by the devil, not to mention the DSG transmission had been replaced twice.
          Gorgenapper
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          My co-worker's friend left his Jetta running in the driveway one winter's day to warm it up before going to work. Went inside to get something, came out to a flaming wreck. I know someone whose sister's Golf would randomly shut off in the middle of a highway while driving. My own Jetta from long ago lost function of the window wipers and could not be repaired no matter how many times we brought it to the dealer. These electrical gremlins are real and not just something that is made up to bash the brand.
          Keven Fitzpatrick
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Get a clue. You don't know anything you're talking.g about. Electrical gremlins are a holdout scare tactic from trips, haters, and Asian fanboys.
          4 String
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Shite, that's creepy. I had bugs on my Creative Zen mp3 player (it would do a broken record abrupt stop thing when I was listening in the dark before bedtime) and THAT freaked me out. I can't even imagine how it'd be on a friggin car. O_O
      The Angry Intern
      • 4 Years Ago
      What are those things that are attached to the wheels?
        T0pgear
        • 4 Years Ago
        @The Angry Intern
        Thats a fair question, why vote down?
          zamafir
          • 4 Years Ago
          @T0pgear
          most likely because we're forced to answer it any time a test mule spy shot is published. akin to people asking why xxx company isn't reported as an entire entity in a by the numbers post.
          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @T0pgear
          zamafir seems to be one of those trolls because he seems to think that everybody has the same knowledge as him.
          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @T0pgear
          Because trolls are everywhere on the internet. This one probably goes by the name "tantareanujellob".
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @The Angry Intern
        Wheel speed sensors most likely.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          [blocked]
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