Here’s the official word on the Mk7 Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen has come good with official info for its new Mk7 Golf R hero model. As expected the headline stats from the EA888 2.0 litre turbo engine are 221kW/380Nm. And you can read more after the break. We’ve also got a 15 page press release for you which goes into further detail. For example, it says this about the new Haldex V all-wheel drive system:

The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system of the Golf R, further perfected by enhancements such as the Haldex 5 coupling, is activated even before any wheel starts to slip. This eliminates nearly all traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, and the rear axle is decoupled. This basic drive layout saves fuel. However, the rear axle of the Golf R can be variably engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary. This is done via a Haldex coupling, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.

If you’re into this car we certainly recommend downloading the PDF to read at your leisure. We’ll bring you more as Volkswagen releases new information.

UPDATE: Volkswagen Australia says it expects to have the Golf R on sale locally in the first half of next year. Our question enquiring about the availability of a three door version was ignored.

UPDATE #2: We thank Volkswagen Australia for this answer, even if we don’t like it: “We are not planning on offering a 3 door.”

Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R

Golf R – the new Flagship

  • Power of the Golf R increased to 300 PS
  • Fuel consumption with DSG reduced to 6.9 litres per 100 km

Wolfsburg, 20 August 2013 – It is the year of the Golf. The first six months of 2013 have already seen the debuts of the new Golf GTI, Golf GTD, Golf Estate and Golf TDI BlueMotion. Now, Volkswagen is continuing its Golf product offensive with the flagship of the model series – the new Golf R.

The sports car is powered by a newly designed 300 PS TSI (221 kW), which is 30 PS stronger but up to 18 per cent more fuel efficient than that in the previous model. Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers its turbocharged engine power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system; in this case, it is the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.

Delivering pure dynamic performance are a newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20 mm), the new progressive steering system and “ESC Sport” – which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track. Optional highlights include the further developed DCC dynamic chassis control system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode.

The Golf R with a manual gearbox reaches 100 km/h after just 5.1 seconds (previous model: 5.7 s); with an automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG) the sports car completes the classic sprint in an even faster 4.9 seconds. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Despite the car’s exceptionally agile driving performance and 30 PS more power, fuel consumption of the Golf R was reduced from 8.5 to 7.1 l/100 km compared to that of the previous model.

CO2 emissions were also improved from 199 to 165 g/km. Even more fuel efficient is the Golf R that is equipped with a Stop-Start system and battery regeneration, together with the optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). In this configuration, fuel consumption is 6.9 l/100 km (159 g/km CO2). Fuel savings compared to the previous model with DSG (8.4 l/100 km) are 1.5 l/100 km, which represents the mentioned 18 per cent improvement.

The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of customised and exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side sills and 18-inch alloy wheels, the Golf R can also be visually distinguished as an impressive sports car by details such as standard bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-U design), dark red LED rear lights and two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes. Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats in a “fabric-Alcantara” material mix, leather-trimmed three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambience lighting, automatic climate control and a radio-CD system with touchscreen.

The market launch of the most powerful and fuel-efficient Golf R as a two and four-door car will take place in the fourth quarter of this year.

Key aspects in alphabetical order

Automatic gearbox:
– 6-speed DSG

Cargo capacity:
– 343 litres to 1,233 litres

– Flagship with racing DNA

– “Tornado Red”, “Pure White”, “Lapis Blue Metallic”, “Reflex Silver Metallic”, “Limestone Grey Metallic”, “Night Blue Metallic”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect” and “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”

Drive system:
– All-wheel drive

Driver assistance and performance systems:
– Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including ABS, brake assist, traction control, XDS+ electronic differential lock, four-wheel EDS, engine
– drag torque control, countersteering assist (standard)
– ESC Sport (ESC mode, e.g. for race courses)
– Driver Alert System (standard)
– Automatic post-collision braking system (standard)
– Progressive steering (standard) – ParkPilot (standard)
– Tyre pressure monitoring indicator (standard)
– DCC dynamic chassis control
– ACC plus adaptive cruise control Front Assist surroundings monitoring system with City Emergency Braking
– Dynamic Light Assist dynamic main beam control
– Driving profile selector including Race mode
– Light Assist main beam control
– Cruise control system
– PreCrash occupant protective system
– Rear Assist
– Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant
– Road sign recognition

Engines – petrol:
– 2.0 TSI with output of 221 kW / 300 PS

Equipment line:
– R

Standard radio:
– “Composition Touch” (5-inch screen)
– “Composition Colour” radio (5-inch screen)
– “Composition Media” radio (5.8-inch screen)
– “Composition Media” radio with navigation function “Discover Media” (5.8-inch screen)
– “Discover Pro” radio-navigation system (8-inch screen)
– Dynaudio sound system
– Car Net (Online services)

Market launch, Europe:
– Fourth quarter of 2013

Prices (Germany):
– Golf R – from 38,325 euros

Production location:
– Wolfsburg plant

Running gear:
– Front: MacPherson strut suspension
– Rear: modular performance suspension
– Progressive steering

Standard gearbox:
– 6-speed manual gearbox

– Standard wheels: 18-inch “Cadiz” alloy wheels
– Optional wheels: 19-inch “Cadiz” alloy wheels and “Pretoria”


14 replies on “Here’s the official word on the Mk7 Golf R”

It’s not surprising that VW Australia won’t bring the 3 door here.
A few of us had to fight to get it for the last Golf R – and it only lasted until the Scirocco came.

Still. It hurts that now you can’t get the GTI, R, or S3 in traditional 3 door hot hatch version. Just the 5 door family hatchback version 🙁

While I’m a fan if the 3 door in the GTI and S3, I think the R look better as a 5 door … weird huh.

I WANT 3 DOOR Even thought i could never afford to buy one haha! 3 doors is where its at.

Have the confirmed that the GTI will still be 3 door?

Think I’d wait ’til the S3 sedan comes out before moving on either of the hatch models.

david $44,990 + ORC is pretty sharp pricing but I doubt it very much seeing as that pricing would eat straight into GTI sales. I’d say this car will be priced in the low $50K + ORC or $49,990 + OCR.

Seeing as the exact same car Audi S3 has been sharpened in at $59K + ORC then VW would definitely have to be quite a bit cheaper in order to sell any units as the S3 definitely would have the more desired interior and badge.

I too like the 3 door over the 5 door, but I can understand why they aren’t selling it here. Its not as practical and doesn’t sell well. In all honesty unless there is a huge weight advantage for the 3 door over the 5 door I would always go with the 5 door variant purely on it being a more practical car.

I like how VW / Audi have tuned the new version of the Haldex for these cars so that nearly 100% of power can be sent to the back wheels incase of slip. AMG’s A45 Haldex is tuned so that only a maximum of 50% can be sent to the rear wheels when slip is sensed. Still anyone who understand how the Haldex system works it’s still like driving a FWD car rather than the proper AWD of say an EVO or STi. This is why the later will always outhandle an Audi or Golf R.

Another thing will the R get the downgraded tune as the S3 will get for Australia? Seeing as they both use the exact same power units and are basically the exact same cars under the skin.

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