This year VW plans to introduce seven new variants of the VW Golf, among which the range-topping 286bhp Golf R version.
Among the performance-oriented Golfs are also the GTD and the GTI models, besides the four wheel-drive 4Motion Golfs, a new Golf estate, the super-frugal BlueMotion variant and an EV called eGolf. The new range will be crowned by the Golf R, which is a close variant to the new Audi S3, which will be the most powerful regular model in Golf’s history.
The vehicle will be fitted with a 2.0 TSI engine capable of 286bhp and 280lb ft. With a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox the Golf R will be able to reach 0-62 mph in just 5.0sec and a limited top speed of 155 mph. This new model will be all-wheel drive and will use the Haldex 5 system, seen at the new 4Motion, which transfers faster the power between the front and rear axles.
The Golf R also uses lightweight technology in the components and bodywork and tip the scales at 1200 kg. The model also has improved economy of 40.4mpg and the CO2 emissions have been reduced to 163g/km.