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2020 Golf R 8 spotted.

golfdave

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Scotland (U.K.)
Ride
MK7 Golf GT Estate

KevinC

Drag Racing Champion
Oh I'm sure they will. Along with a non-leaking water pump/tstat housing. They'll definitely sort those issues by MK8, right guys?


After DieselGate, I am fully expecting to see cost cutting evidence all over this thing. We've already seen pics of a prop rod for the hood, replacing the strut. They probably put a gun to the head of every single supplier and made them cut cost, or if they refused, switched to someone cheaper - as they apparently did with the pano roof in the middle of the Mk7 run, and clearly did with the stupid grab handles on the '19 R, which fail at a rate of about 100%.
 

bentin

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Austin, TX
Ride
2018 GTI SE
Although they still appear to be sliding piston calipers.
Be careful what you ask for. My M Coupe sliding, two piston calipers worked so much better than the Brembo six piston fixed calipers on our 135i. I have no problem with sliders if you have good fluid, pads and the car isn't a fat pig.
 

It's Sam

Go Kart Newbie
Location
New York (The cool part)
Ride
2017 GTI SE
I'm still mixed on the looks. he lights are the biggest factor I think. The back is fine but the sweeping and stretched look on the front Is a bit off.

I wonder if they'll push out an 8.5 facelift with all the criticism. I think a slight change in the front would be all it needs.

As funky as it looks, the new Rs should be much more fun. If I heard correctly, this is supposed to get something like 330bhp?
 

Faceman

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Long Island
Ride
'17 GSW 4Motion
Some quick and dirty MS Paint work.

Quick removal of some vinyl.


Possibly more vinyl camouflage removed.


The thing I dislike the most about the MK8 is the odd shape under the headlamps, it definitely looks better with a clean line beneath.
 

bentin

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Austin, TX
Ride
2018 GTI SE
Every time there is a new model of any car, the enthusiasts from the previous gens always say the same shit...lol
I never owned a Mk6, but I've owned two Mk7 and I still think the Mk6 is better looking. The shoulder line just looks better than the slab side. And the Mk8 is getting it back, so I'm good, I'll get one soon enough, and if they've upgraded the stock clutch, I'll get one as soon as possible.
 

dosjockey

Go Kart Champion
Location
South
First, thanks MIKE PP for the post.

I've said this before, but (IMHO) it's worth repeating: Criticism of the Mk8's appearance reminds me of comments prevalent in 1967 when VW replaced the bug's sloped headlight design with upright, sealed beam units. You'd had thought the world had shifted on its axis. See, for example, https://www.mamotorworks.com/VW/KnowledgeLibrary/exterior/Know-Your-VW-Headlights.

The design change is just not that significant in the scheme of all things Volkswagen. And then there's the fact these cars have always looked like a breadbox anyhow. The forthcoming R certainly looks better than I expected.
It's not going to age well, though. It's shaped like a Volkswagen, but if I pulled that badge off and called it a Hyundai... Face it; nobody would know the difference. It's excitingly bland.

I think there's a hiccup in the design, and I'm certainly not a Golf enthusiast.

They went complex when they should have gone clean; it's starting to look like the Sirocco in overall proportion, but without the cool factor.
 

MIKE PP.

Ready to race!
If you look back at the comments made when the 7.5 Golf R was introduced, the same kind of disapproval was shown then. When more of them are on the road and they become familiar we will all want one!
 
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