Although the current Golf R shares its engine with the outgoing Audi S3, the new model is expected to pack a more powerful version of the EA888 engine that drives the GTI and a number of Audi models.
The new GTI is expected to debut with the same 162kW of power it packs in concept mode, but reports suggest the next R will deliver as much as 215kW - up from the current 199kW model (188kW for Australian models).
We can likely also expect the Haldex all-wheel-drive system to feature, along with six-speed manual and DSG automatic transmissions.
The new Golf R will benefit from the same weight-saving changes featured across the all-new Golf range, with at least 100kg expected to be cut, thanks to Volkswagen's new 'MQB' platform.
A single teaser released by Volkswagen suggests the new R will offer a top speed of 250km/h.
Watch for more details to surface in the coming days, ahead of a mid-February preview and a March unveiling.
As for the regular 2013 Golf range, expect an Australian debut to occur in the second quarter of this year.
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