The seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf has just received a new flagship model in the form of the R version which brings a significant power boost and more aggressive styling in comparison to the GTI version. Under the hood is the same turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline engine but this has been modified to produce no less than 300 HP, which represents a 70 HP increase in comparison to the lesser GTI version. Peak torque now stands at 280 lb-ft so it has been bumped 22 lb-ft.
As a result of the additional power, the Volkswagen Golf R can sprint to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds when the engine is mated to the optional six-speed DSG. The car will also be available with a six-speed manual gearbox which will be 0.2 seconds slower in the 0-100 km/h sprint compared to the DSG. Regardless of the selected gearbox, the Golf VII R has a limited top speed of 250 km/h.
In terms of efficiency, the manual-equipped version has a fuel consumption of 7.1 liters / 100 km (33.1 mpg) with CO2 emissions standing at 165 g/km. The DSG-fitted Golf R consumes 6.9 liters / 100 km (34 mpg) and has CO2 emissions of 159 g/km. It should be noted that the two gearboxes send power to the 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive setup that comes with the fifth generation of the Haldex coupling.
Volkswagen has decided to lower the R version by an additional 5mm compared to the aforementioned GTI and they also installed a fresh new set of 18-inch rims, while 19-inch alloys are optionally available at an additional cost. The Golf VII R has received a front MacPherson suspension while at the back the multi-link setup has been updated to boost stability and handling.
Braking power is provided by a 17-inch system featuring internally-ventilated discs and black brake calipers featuring the distinctive “R” logo. The front axle has 60mm brake pistons, while at the back there are 42mm pistons. The front wheels have a diameter of 340mm, making them 30mm larger than the ones at the back.
As standard, the new Volkswagen Golf R comes with progressive steering which can also be found in the GTI version. This greatly improves the driving experience especially on roads which have a lot of bends, but it can also be felt during normal driving conditions.
As far as looks are concerned, the more aggressive body kit encompasses revised front and rear bumpers, rear diffuser, side skirts, chromed quad tailpipes and smoked LED taillights. The car will be available as standard with new bi-xenon headlights featuring incorporated LED daytime running lights.
Step inside the cabin and you notice sport seats wrapped around in a combination of Alcantara, cloth and carbon-like leather. The revamped speedometer tops out at 320 km/h and the infotainment system can be had with a screen size of up to eight inches.
Set to be sold both as a two door and as a more practical four door, the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R is programmed to reach German dealerships in the fourth quarter of the year from a starting price of 38,325 euros. Before that, it will be shown next month at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.