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.