Golf 7 R Spy Photos Part 2

Our spies in Germany have now caught a relatively undisguised Golf 7 R test mule at the Nurburgring. Now that the Golf 7 has been shown, Volkswagen has done away with the bulk of the camouflage except for a few odd things like the old side mirrors from the Golf 6. Likewise, the front bumper looks a little odd as well with a honeycomb mesh, but smaller intakes than the Golf 6 and what appears to me a matte tape around the grill inserts. Our guess is that this is not the final front and rear bumper. Also we can see dual tip exhaust outlets on both sides which is new.

The Golf 7 R is based on Volkswagen’s new MQB architecture (check out our tech break-down HERE), the Golf 7 R is expected to be similar to the existing Golf 6 R with Haldex AWD, two and four-door configurations, six-speed DSG and manual transmission choices all powered by the latest version of the 2.0T with 270-280hp on tap. With the MQB component architecture comes about 220 lbs. overall weight savings (depending on model and trim) compared to the current Golf 6 which would be a welcome change. The German press has been reporting that the Golf 7 R will be available by the third year of the Golf 7 production lifecycle (as opposed to the last year or two of production). That means we may see the Golf R sold for a number of years as more of a regular production model.

Meanwhile we’ll wait to see that the new GTI looks like at Paris in a few weeks. Golf 7 sounds like it will have some very nice improvements. Full gallery of photos is below…