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A new Volkswagen Golf R has been spotted in a Chinese dealership, without any VW branding. Here’s the odd story behind it.

A unusually-branded 2022 Volkswagen Golf R has been photographed inside a Volkswagen dealership in Sichuan, China.

Pictured in images shared to the Foreign Market Car Sightings Facebook group, it’s understood that an entrepreneurial Chinese Volkswagen dealership has decided to parallel-import a 2022 Golf R to satiate local demand – as VW China doesn’t offer the model officially there.

The vehicle shown is a North American-market vehicle that’s been rebranded by the dealership – likely in breach of brand guidelines – and is being prepared to undergo local emissions certification prior to being sold.

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Volkswagen Group China has no official plans to introduce the 2022 Golf R into the local market, however local rumours suggest that may change in the near future.

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 is currently offered in China in R-Line trim with 1.2-litre or 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder engines, priced from ¥142,000 ($AU31,000), or as the warmed-up Golf GTI from ¥177,240 ($AU39,000)

American-market Golf Rs are powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder as Australian 2022 models, with 235kW/400Nm, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, 4Motion all-wheel drive, and no petrol particulate filter.

After more than a decade working in the product planning and marketing departments of brands like Kia, Subaru and Peugeot, Justin Narayan returned to being a motoring writer – the very first job he held in the industry.

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