Volkswagen has belatedly confirmed its new Golf R will be on show in Frankfurt next week and with the announcement comes 24 new pictures of the car. Featuring a 221kW/380Nm 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo and Haldex V all-wheel drive system the Golf R can accelerate to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds.
The Mk7 Golf R will go on sale in Australia in the first half of next year and we do expect it’s engine will be detuned to 206kW for our “hot climate” market, in line with the Audi S3. Like the S3, the Golf R will only be available in Australia in five-door configuration.
UPDATE: You can use Volkswagen’s Golf R visualizer to view the car in different colours etc (our tip: get the 19″ Pretoria alloys).
Golf R celebrates its world premiere at the IAA
Wolfsburg, 02 September 2013 – The most powerful Golf in the model range excites with 300 PS of power and a sprint time of just 4.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h. The vehicle’s distinctive styling also highlights its sporty character.
The new Golf R was conceptualised by Volkswagen R GmbH, and its aim is dynamic performance. The sports car is powered by a newly configured 300 PS (221 kW) TSI engine, which is not only 30 PS more powerful, but also 18 per cent more fuel-efficient than the previous engine. Its maximum torque was boosted by 30 Nm to 380 Newton meters. To attain these values, the engine went through a development program similar to that of an engine in motorsports. The perfected 4MOTION all-wheel drive system delivers optimal traction under all driving conditions both on the street and on the race course.
In the new Golf R, a successful concept was carried over to the next generation in terms of styling as well. Signs of the vehicle’s sporty character are found in its distinctive air intakes, specially designed bumpers and side sills and, last but not least, in its dual-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes. The Golf R emphasises sportiness and performance in its restrained yet prominent appearance. Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design, explains: “The Golf R creates an exciting balance between seriousness and sportiness and between restraint and differentiation.”
The new Golf R launches on the market at the end of 2013, and customers can choose between a manual gearbox and an automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG). Standard vehicle features include the newly developed progressive steering, bi-xenon headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres.