A new generation of the Volkswagen Golf is on its way, which will include a GTI version as you’d expect. Details of the hot hatch have largely remained a mystery for now, and the German carmaker has done a good job of masking its test mules from the public.

However, Auto Bild has revealed some preliminary details of the Golf GTI Mk8, indicating a significant bump in power to 300 PS from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. As a comparison, the current GTI Performance sold in Germany offers 245 PS from its 2.0 litre TSI engine.

Rumours indicate the new Golf GTI will adopt hybrid technology to generate the desired output, although there has been no confirmation on the matter. Given the fact that the current car’s existing 2.0 litre powerplant can be boosted to 290 PS as the Golf GTI TCR Concept demonstrated, hitting the three hundred mark without any electrification is a possibility.

For those who are worried that the Golf R will be placed in an uncomfortable position, the range-topping model is said to get 400 PS in Mk8 form to ensure it maintains its product positioning. All-wheel drive, as before, will be another differentiating aspect of the R from the GTI.

The German magazine also touched upon the new Golf GTI’s design, which will feature a narrow grille paired with a large lower intake similar to the current Mk7.5 model. The rear is similar subtle in terms of revisions, and includes dual exhaust tips and a modest roof spoiler. Inside will see Volkswagen’s next-generation modular infotainment platform and a fully digital cockpit.

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