After running its sporty ID R electric car on several racing circuits around the world, and given that it has introduced its first hybrid R vehicle in the form of the Touareg R, it’s clear that Volkswagen's R Division is fully committed to the electrification process.
However, we’ve just learned that the next Golf R, based on the new eighth-generation Golf model, will not be offered in an electric version.
The news was delivered to Motor Trend magazine by the head of Volkswagen's R division, Jost Capito, in an interview published last week. The reason behind the decision is not the lack of a desire on the part of the company to produce an electric Golf R; rather it’s more of a budgetary nature. He explained that Volkswagen R simply doesn't have the funds to develop a high-performance hybrid powertrain exclusively for one of its cars. In the case of the Touareg R, the powertrain is a cousin to the one that serves Bentley's Bentayga hybrid.
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