Volkswagen introduce the Golf R
Volkswagen is continuing its Golf product offensive with the flagship of the model series, the new Golf R. The hot hatch is powered by a newly designed 300hp, which is 30hp 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 the performance are a newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20mm), new progressive steering system and "ESC Sport" Ė 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 in 5.1 seconds; with the DSG, the car does the sprint in an even faster 4.9 seconds. The carís top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of customised and exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side sills and 18" alloy wheels, the Golf R can also be visually distinguished by details such as standard bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights, 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.