Volkswagen Golf R ‘Evo’ concept heading to Beijing – report

January 23, 2014

An extra hot Volkswagen Golf R ‘Evo’ concept could be heading to the 2014 Beijing Motor Show in April, showcasing lots of carbon fibre with a tweaked version of the Golf R powertrain.

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The news stems from an Auto Express report in the UK, which says a company insider has confirmed such a concept is on the way.

It’s believed Volkswagen is looking to test the waters, so to speak, on an even hotter version of the already-cracking Golf R. If the public reaction is good, a production version may appear down the track.

As for the concept, it will reportedly come with a carbon fibre body, including the roof and major panels. It’s also set to feature a partially stripped out interior with a roll cage. As a result, considerable weight is expected to be dropped.

Under the bonnet the standard Golf R 2.0-litre turbocharged engine could be tweaked to produce more than 221kW and 380Nm. Equipped with more power and significant weight reduction, we could see 0-100km/h come up well within the 4.0-seconds range.

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We’ll be sure to provide more details, including anything official, in the months to come.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.