Volkswagen release fastest Golf yet

Volkswagen release fastest Golf yet

Volkswagen has released the first details of the Golf R, which will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

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Volkswagen has released the first details of the Golf R, which will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

With a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 300hp and 380nm of torque, and transferring its power to the road via the latest 4MOTION four-wheel drive system, the new Golf R is the fastest-accelerating production Golf yet. 0-100 km/h takes just 5.3 seconds, or 4.9 seconds when fitted with the optional six-speed DSG gearbox. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.

The new Golf R has a combined fuel consumption of 7.1 l/100km and CO2emissions as low as 159 g/km placing it in Motor Tax Band D (€570 p.a) it is up to 18% more efficient than its predecessor.

The Golf R’s four-wheel drive set up is the latest fifth-generation Haldex system. Under low loads or when coasting, the rear axle is decoupled, helping to reduce fuel consumption. It takes only fractions of a second for drive to the rear axle to be engaged via the Haldex coupling, which is actuated by an electro-hydraulic pump. If necessary, almost 100% of power can be transferred to the rear axle.

The Golf R rides on specially tuned springs and dampers, with a ride height that’s 20 mm lower than that of the standard Golf (and 5 mm lower than that of the GTI).

Adaptive Chassis Control will be available as an option. Like the GTI and GTD, the Golf R is equipped with progressive steering, which reduces the number of turns lock to lock to just 2.1, rather than 2.75, making for an enhanced dynamic driving experience.

The Golf R will go on sale in Ireland in time for the 141 plate with prices set to start around €53,000.


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