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Refreshed VW Golf R Wants to Become a Virtual AWD Mid-Engine Rival for the C8 Corvette

2024 Volkswagen Golf R mid-engine rendering by TheSketchMonkey 24 photos
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Marouane Bembli, a prolific car reviewer and automotive virtual artist better known as TheSketchMonkey on social media, is keen on unofficially bringing to CGI life a mid-engine Volkswagen Golf R. Wait, what?!
Volkswagen isn't exactly the best barometer for a beloved European brand in America – the Dieselgate scandal hurt their fame quite a bit. Alas, they are trying to regain people's trust with fresh or all-new models like the all-electric ID.4, Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport mid-size CUVs, the smaller Taos or Tiguan crossovers, as well as the sporty Jetta GLI, Golf GTI, and Golf R flagship hot hatchback.

Curiously, Volkswagen actually has three of the most affordable and practical performance cars in America for the 2024 model year. The list also includes entries like the 2024 Acura Integra Type S, Subaru WRX, Hyundai Elantra N, Mazda3 2.5 Turbo, Honda Civic Type R, or the Toyota GR Corolla. Interestingly, Volkswagen has solutions against all these rivals – the mild performance sedans like the Integra, WRX, and Elantra N get a replica from the Jetta GLI. At the same time, the duet of Golf GTI and Golf R opposes the hot hatchbacks.

Well, as it turns out, someone has thought that Volkswagen could even break into a new category and try to fight fully-fledged supercars. More precisely, the imaginative realm of digital car content creators has another wacky idea – Bembli wants to morph the refreshed $45,665 VW Golf R into a mid-engine response to the C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Yep, that's right, he's turning a five-door hot hatchback into a two-door supercar with a completely different powertrain setup.

He's an experienced pixel master, and it's actually not the first time he attempted such wild transformations, but for sure, it would be pretty bonkers to see Volkswagen throw on the North American car market an 'affordable' $46k all-wheel drive Golf R with the engine in a rear-midship position and sporting 315 horsepower. Sure, it wouldn't have the raw power of a C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray because there's no 495-hp V8 engine in the back, but it would also be a lot lighter with the turbo 2.0-liter in the back and could make it sweat on a fast coastal road trip.

Alas, we can rest assured – it's all just wishful thinking. Volkswagen, that bland and uninteresting German automaker, would never approve of such an audacious project in research and development, let alone send it into production. Curiously, the result isn't too shabby when the major transformation is done – many explanations from the host and a lot of CGI work later. It does have a Subaru vibe because of the blue color of the body and the new gold wheels (with fatter tires in the rear, of course), but it's not detrimental to the cause – make a Volkswagen look sportier than ever before. So, what do you think?


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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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