Swiftly following yesterday’s teaser, the Wolfsburg based company introduced its most powerful seventh generation Golf to date – the 2014 Golf R.
Up until now, since its release last year Golf has been only treated to the GTI performance related variants and Volkswagen seemed really keen on focusing on the efficient low-power consumption, hybrid and electric offsprings of the Golf.
Our hearts are back in place now, as the company released the first official details and photos with the bad attitude performance loving “R” version, due for a timely public debut in Frankfurt next month at IAA 2013.
As usual, the 2014 Golf R is more powerful than its predecessor, with the familiar 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine churning out 300 bhp (221 kW), 30 more than what offered last generation. Also, the company evidences that its also 18% more fuel efficient – ok, good info, but who will really buy it for that?!
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. It also features 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 racetrack. There are also optional “goodies” like the upgraded 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 5.1 seconds (previous model: 5.7 s) and with an automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG) it completes the classic sprint in an even faster 4.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Again, if anyone really cares in this case about fuel economy, the Germans have out did themselves and offer really good numbers: 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. Also, if you really have an eco conscious mom that wants to trade the daddy gifted Golf R with a Prius, you could show her there is an optional Golf R equipped with a Stop-Start and battery regeneration, and an optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) that will further lower the consumption media to 6.9 l/100 km (159 g/km CO2).
Sitting next to a GTI, you could observe some differences: the new “R” version is 5mm lower and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch optionally available). Also it gets a more aggressive body kit with revised bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser, smoked LED taillights and a chromed quad exhaust arrangement. Volkswagen is offering the model with standard bi-xenon headlights with newly developed built-in daytime running lights.