Next-generation Volkswagen Golf getting 300 horsepower?

The eighth-generation GTI could arrive in 2020.

Volkswagen is putting the final touches on the eighth-generation Golf, so rumors about the next GTI are starting to appear. The hot hatch will remain front-wheel drive, but it will allegedly match the current Golf R in the horsepower department.

German publication Auto Bild believes the next GTI will boast a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine rated at 245 horsepower in its most basic state of tune. Buyers after more power will be asked to step up to the GTI Performance model, which will boast about 300 horsepower. That's about on par with the 2019 Golf R (pictured). Volkswagen's four-wheel drive system won't be enough to set the two hot hatches apart, so the report indirectly hints the Golf R will benefit from a significant bump in power when it's replaced.

Auto Bild adds the GTI will continue to stand out from the Golf thanks to a model-specific look that will include a redesigned front bumper with bigger air intakes, a roof-mounted spoiler, and dual exhaust tips. Red accents all around will further help the GTI stand out from the commute-friendly hatchback it's based on. Inside, Volkswagen will add a fully digital instrument cluster with a lap timer and a g-force meter.

Volkswagen hasn't commented on the next-generation GTI yet, so it's too early to say what it will look like or how much power it will generate. The company is expected to introduce the eighth-generation Golf at the 2019 Geneva auto show, meaning we'll likely learn more about the GTI in the coming months. Sales will begin in 2020.

Photo by Ronan Glon.

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