If a report in Auto Express is correct, a lighter, faster brother to the Volkswagen Golf R will be shown to the world at the Beijing Motor Show in April. Said to be called the Golf R Evo, the even harder hot hatch would be unveiled as one of those concepts that's practically a de facto presentation of the genuine thing. The Evo in its name will come from having a carbon fiber roof and CF in the bodywork, lighter wheels, thinner bucket seats up front and a roll cage instead of rear seats.

If there's a power increase, it's been described as "a small bump." However, as the report mentions, if the Jenny Craig regimen can drop 100 kilograms (220 pounds) from the the 3,247-pound weight of the European Golf R, then the Golf R Evo will do about the same damage on the scales as the Golf but have at least 50 more horsepower and 44 more pound-feet of torque.

Since we still don't have the current Golf, this isn't something that should keep you awake even if the 'concept' does become a production model. But it is good to know that the Golf R is really going to start pushing its boundaries.


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      Andre Neves
      • 11 Months Ago
      Let me guess. $40-45k Only VW/Audi have the audacity to charge $35k+ For a hatchback, so it wouldn't surprise me.
        Andre Neves
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Oh, and I almost forgot. Not l likely coming to the US.
        AnthonyL
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        So if it wasn't a hatchback they could charge that much? What's the difference if it was a sedan, wagon, couple, cabrio..... Some people actually like hatchbacks, you must be new to the automotive world if you think otherwise.
          Andre Neves
          • 11 Months Ago
          @AnthonyL
          Yes. I'm new. You're absolutely right.
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 11 Months Ago
      50 more hp than what? Stop be lazy and post the numbers that we need to compare this vehicle too.
      • 11 Months Ago
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        Matt Mossberg
        • 11 Months Ago
        Gtis are not too heavy. Its comparable to the focus st mazda speed 3, and wrx. I'd be hard pressed to find anyone who could not get enjoyment out of driving a gti. It's still a really fun car to drive.
          cgm9999
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Matt Mossberg
          Lighter in fact, especially the MkVII that's coming this spring.
          montoym
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Matt Mossberg
          Exactly. Apparently, looking up the facts is just too much work. Focus ST - 3223lbs MazdaSpeed3 - 3281 WRX - 3208 VW GTI - 3113
      Human
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hi. I may be flame baiting myself and sound like an idiot, but how difficult would it be to make a RWD Golf or Jetta wagon? I like most everything about these cars but still lust the ToyoBaru 86 twins just for their driven wheels and the accidental drift i did while test driving one. Any ideas or suggestions?
        montoym
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Human
        Considering that they already make an AWD version of the Golf, the platform can definitely support it without much trouble. Oddest part would be using a transverse engine to drive the rear wheels, but it could certainly be done. Heck, Audi uses a longitudinal design to drive their FWD cars, so why not.
      canuckcharlie
      • 11 Months Ago
      I will be waiting for the Golf R EVO RS...
        Drhyde
        • 11 Months Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        What about the Golf R EVO RS Plus?
        John Ward
        • 11 Months Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        Golf R EVO MR
        AnalogJesse
        • 11 Months Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        But for the same price or more than an M235i. VW really prices the Golf R out of its proper class. It should be competing with other hot hatches, not luxury sedans.
          pavsterrocks
          • 11 Months Ago
          @AnalogJesse
          You miss the point here. Golf, especially the GTI and R variants are pretty much on-par with offerings from BMW and Audi in terms of interior refinement. The only thing lacking is the badge. Which is actually a plus to some people.
        Drhyde
        • 11 Months Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        @Human: VW Golf R EVO RS + Nurburgring Special Wallet-Emptying Limited Edition... with the cup chasis
      Christopher Anderson
      • 11 Months Ago
      I remember there being rumors that VW would do a similar thing on the GTI. The same weight loss would but the GTI down under 2800.
      Allaround
      • 11 Months Ago
      Just givge us a Scriocco!
      cazpa1
      • 11 Months Ago
      I really like the wheels. Hopefully I can get a set for my mk6 gti.
      Human
      • 11 Months Ago
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      Ertogrul Kolac
      • 10 Months Ago
      According to the VW DSG 7 Defects Community:VW Golf MK7 transmission has problems also,NO GOOD Volkswagen. DRIVE SAFELY and GOOD LUCK.
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