When we think we’ve seen it all, this short extract reminds us that life can still surprise us from time to time. It’s safe to say that this previous-gen Golf R has seen better days as rear visibility is largely obstructed by the smashed roof. We’re curious what happened to the hot hatch since the lower sides of the vehicle are apparently intact. Anyway, the car is apparently in good mechanical condition.
Except for the twisted pillars and sagging roof, the all-legged compact performance machine looks untouched, though we can’t see if it’s suffered any damage to the front end. The car was spotted on the streets of Barcelona in Spain and someone sitting in the passenger seat of a car behind decided to film the odd Golf R on camera. It’s safe to say whoever was behind the wheel of the VW was probably hoping he wouldn’t run into a squad of police.
While we can all agree that a swoopy new Scirocco coupe would be nice to have in VW’s portfolio, that’s not the way to do it. Getting the car back in shape will cost a pretty penny, as we’re guessing some of the airbags were deployed when the roof suddenly became a big piece of metal origami. Hopefully the Golf R is still worth saving, although we’d be concerned about the structural stiffness of the bodywork from what must have been a hard impact.
Among the plausible scenarios we can think of, he fell off a bridge or a car trailer and ended up with the wheels facing skyward. The people from Engine period who tipped us tried to find out what happened but ended up with bubkis. We know the car was seen in Vic, Catalunya and appears to be the facelifted Golf R Mk7.5 judging by the LED tail light graphics.