Next-gen Volkswagen Golf R to miss out on hybrid power

Next year’s all-new Volkswagen Golf R is shaping up to be fastest VW hatch ever, but it will go without an electrified powertrain

An advanced electrified powertrain has been ruled out for the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf R, carsales can reveal.

The flagship Golf, beloved of performance car enthusiasts, was rumoured to come with a new 48-volt mild-hybrid turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder powertrain, but that’s no longer the case according to a senior Volkswagen insider at the Frankfurt motor show.

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