Both three-door and five-door versions of the R will be manufactured in Wolfsburg

Both three-door and five-door versions of the R will be manufactured in Wolfsburg

Premiering alongside the TDI Bluemotion at the 2013 Frankfurt show will be yet another new Golf, the R. It is powered by a 221kW/300PS version of the Volkswagen Group's turbocharged 2.0-litre EA888 TSI engine.

Compared to the GTI's version of EA888, the Golf R has a modified cylinder head, exhaust valves, valve seats and springs, pistons, injection valves and turbocharger. Six-speed manual or DSG dual clutch automatic transmissions will be available, depending on the market.

The latest fifth-generation Haldex four-wheel drive system, branded 4MOTION, will be standard. Under low loads or when coasting, the rear axle is decoupled, which slightly lowers fuel consumption. The coupling, which is actuated by an electro-hydraulic pump, is activated when needed. Depending on traction conditions, almost 100 percent of power can be instantly and automatically transferred to the rear axle.

The car sits 5mm lower than a GTI and 20mm lower than a standard Golf. Like the GTD and GTI, the R is to have so-called 'progressive' steering. This reduces the number of turns lock to lock to 2.1, rather than 2.75. Adaptive Chassis Control will be available as an option.

From the outside, the fastest Golf yet is distinguished by its new front bumper with large air inlets, a modified grille with an R logo and unique DRL integrated into standard bi-xenon headlights. At the sides, there are body-coloured sills, while behind the standard 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres are black-painted brake calipers with R logos. At the rear, there are smoked LED tail lights, an 'R' diffuser and two chrome-tipped exhaust pipes at either side.

Interior changes include sports seats with a cloth centre section and Alcantara bolsters, while the instrument dials are bespoke and have typical Golf R touches such as blue needles.

Volkswagen quotes a zero to 100km/h or 62mph time of 5.3 seconds (5.7 seconds for the previous model), or 4.9 seconds when fitted with the DSG. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The Golf R goes on sale across Europe from the fourth quarter.

Volkswagen of America has issued its own press release about the Golf R. Curiously, this says nothing about potential sales of the model in the US market.

The current generation Golf is yet to be launched in North America. It is due to go on sale in March as the 2015 Golf and 2015 Volkswagen GTI. Cars for the region will be supplied from Mexico - production at Puebla is due to commence in January.

Author: Glenn Brooks

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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.

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