As of now, only one engine has been approved for the eighth GTI: a 300-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four. (In other words, the current Golf R engine.) But other powertrain options are still on the table. One of those is a 300-hp, narrow-angle V-6 engine displacing either 2.5 or 3.0 liters that could be a comfort- and torque-oriented alternative for the U.S., which is neither sensitive to displacement nor consumption. The new GTI could also become a high-output hybrid or an emission-free EV with two motors — one 170 hp, one 95 hp — but those are questionable at best.
There will also be a much wider array of extra-cost safety systems and electronic nannies, as well as improved infotainment with seriously upgraded connectivity. An optional fully digital instrument panel will likely feature navigation and a head-up display. On the center console, a large touchscreen monitor should mix voice and gesture control, provide access to mobile Internet, and have extended connectivity via MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
The forthcoming Golf R and Golf RS likely won’t debut until after the eight-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI, and since the GTI is still a good bit off, it’s not surprising we haven’t heard a whole lot about these all-wheel-drive hot hatches. What we do know is that while both will have turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engines, they will both get two turbochargers instead of one, and the RS will get an instant-torque electronic boost system on top of that.