Volkswagen is reportedly planning a pair of new hot hatches: one an enhanced take on a new star, the other a long hoped-for hero model.
According to the UK's Auto Express, April's Beijing Auto Show could play host to a new Golf R Evo concept, developed specifically for track work.
If the report proves accurate, the new show-car will do away with the regular Golf R's creature comforts for a stripped-out racing approach.
The magazine claims the enhanced hatch will have its roof and sections of its bodywork replaced with carbon-fibre components, aiming for a kerb weight around 100kg lighter than the regular model's 1476kg.
Lightweight racing buckets will replace the front seats, while the rear seats will be tossed to make room for a roll cage.
Power will still go to all four corners through an all-wheel-drive system (the report doesn't specify enhancements to the R's Haldex 4Motion setup), and power will reportedly get a slight boost beyond the European model's 221kW and 380Nm.
The report adds that the concept won't stay concept for long, with talk of a version of the car to be made available for track warriors in the near future.
New 'Proper' Polo R?
Elsewhere in Volkswagen's hatch family, and again from the UK, comes talk of another new R version of the Polo hatch.
Following last year's Polo R WRC special, this new version would reportedly pile on more power and - finally - an all-wheel-drive system.
The existing Polo R WRC, available only in Europe, gets a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine that offers a hefty 162kW and 350Nm.
Volkswagen says the package is good for a 6.4 second sprint to 100km/h. That's not bad, considering the regular 132kW/250Nm 1.4 turbo model lists a 6.9 second run.
With more power, and with all-wheel-drive traction, reports suggest Volkswagen is aiming for the new Polo R to cover the distance in less than six seconds.
And if it's anything like the limited-edition Audi A1 Quattro, driven by the old Golf R's 188kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo and all-wheel-drive, a 5.7 second run to the ton won't be out of the question.
Still, we shouldn't hold our breath. Rumours of a proper Polo R have been circulating for years now, and there's little reason to expect change now.
But... we can hope.
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