With the current 3.2-litre V6 powered Volkswagen Golf R32 only boasting 184kW, it seems the company's hot hatch is starting to cool off in light of newer offerings by competitors, but VW will soon rectify the situation by launching the Golf R20.
Unlike today's R32, the new R20 will feature Volkswagen's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with direct injection that will be tuned to produce 201kW.
This should enable the R20 to post a 0-100 km/h time in the low to mid five second range and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
The exterior will carry over many of the new GTI's styling traits but should also include more aggressive front and rear ends and – as visible in our spy-shots – the traditional R32-style centre mounted dual exhaust.
Initially the R20 will be offered only in three-door hatchback form but a five-door model could eventually be offered down the road. European sales will start later this year with Australian sales expected to follow in early 2010.