The German brand’s hot hatch flagship has been lapping the Nurburgring ahead of next year's showroom arrival.
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The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R hot hatch has been spied with barely any camouflage while track testing at the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

Volkswagen Australia has remained tight-lipped about the arrival timing for and power output of the 2021 Golf R; CarAdvice has been told more details will be announced later in the year.

The current-generation VW Golf R has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 213kW and 380Nm. It’s possible this powertrain may carry over to the 2021 Golf R, as Volkswagen opted to leave the current Golf GTI's 180kW and 370Nm unit unchanged for the new generation GTI in Australia.

In Europe, however, it has been speculated that the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder in the new generation VW Golf R could have an output of about 245kW and 400Nm.

The photos show the 2020 VW Golf R has a lowered ride height and large wheels with low-profile tyres, as before.

Large air intakes appear up front with black side skirt extensions, a rear diffuser and three-pillar hatch spoiler – different in design to what has been previously spotted – wrapping up the aero dressing. A quad-tip exhaust system also differentiates the model from its Golf GTI sibling.

The prototype has blue brake callipers fitted – a signature for Volkswagen’s R models – behind a very different wheel design than what was seen in February on a prototype completing winter testing.