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Volkswagen are in the midst of tweaking at finishing touches for their seventh generation Golf R. Unfortunately, the cars won’t be on sale until the start of next year.

Volkswagen plans to be done with the development of the ultimate Golf, the all-wheel-drive Golf R, by that time.

As the world waits in anticipation for it’s official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, we have gotten our hands on some spy shots of the Golf R prototype:

One can easily see that this is indeed a prototype for the Golf R by its quad-exhaust tailpipe arrangement and 18-inch wheels that resemble the set on the current Golf R. A blacked-out grille and larger air intakes round out the list of Golf R specs.

The interior reveals an instrument cluster with two large binnacles and a metallic finish. Of course, the interior is similar across the MkVII Golf lineup, so we can already imagine what we can expect in the Golf R from the regular Golf and GTI models.

Under the skin will be Volkswagen’s MQB platform, but with a Haldex all-wheel drive system able to send 100 percent of driving force to the rear wheels when needed. That driving force will be courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Another cool feature will be the electronic system. The system uses sensors to detect wheel slip, then brakes the slipping wheel to transfer torque the opposite site, ensuring maximum grip under all conditions.

A six-speed manual transmission should remain standard, although a dual-clutch, DSG unit may be offered this time around.

Check out this spy video of the 2015 Golf R:

The expected launch of the new Golf R is next year, shortly after the launch of the regular Golf and GTI.

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