Volkswagen is making moves to shorten its vehicle life cycles from seven to five years (with a mid-cycle update after the first three years) in an attempt to keep up with its American and Asian rivals. The first of its models to adopt this shorter life cycle will be the Golf, which is expected to receive a mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year and undergo a complete redesign for 2020. And the good news is that the sporty GTI and Golf R variants will also be renewed along the way.

Automobile is reporting that the new versions of the GTI and Golf R will produce substantially more power than their current versions. The magazine also reports that there will be a third performance variant, a range-topping Golf RS, that’s set to become a permanent fixture in the Golf lineup. This Golf RS is likely to be introduced in the current MkVII Golf range in the form of a production version of 2014’s Golf R 400 concept, a prototype for which we’ve already spied.

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