Volkswagen reveals most powerful Golf ever


Volkswagen reveals most powerful Golf ever

Golf GTI just a little too staid for you? Fear not – Volkswagen has the answer right up its very own sleeve!

This is the new Golf R, which will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. And with 296bhp, it'll be the most powerful Golf ever!
That power will come from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine; the same, in fact, that powers the GTI, although for the R, the wick's been turned up more than a little thanks to a series of internal upgrades and an uprated turbo.

That power will be matched to 280lb ft torque, meaning the R will hit 62mph in just 5.3 seconds. That time can be reduced even further, to a shocking 4.9 seconds, with the optional six-speed DSG gearbox.

Under the skin, VW's Haldex-based four-wheel-drive system will ensure all that power can be transmitted to the road without a hint of fuss.

Specially tuned suspension will mean the R will ride 20mm lower than a standard Golf, and 5mm lower than the GTI, and adjustable dampers will be available as an option.

An aggressive bodykit, 18-inch alloy wheels, quad exhaust pipes and whopping 340mm front brake discs will ensure that the R looks the part, too.

Inside, meanwhile, sports seats with Alcantara bolsters and a smattering of special touches should ensure you know you're in something a little out-of-the-ordinary.

For all its sporting intent, though, the new hot Golf should still be reasonably economical, with creditable average fuel consumption figures of 39.8mpg for the manual car, and 40.9 for the DSG-equipped model.

This R will follow in the footsteps of previous R-badged Golfs, which first appeared with the 3.2-litre V6-powered Mk4 R32 way back in 2002.

A Mk5 R32, again with a V6 followed, before the Mk6 switched to a 2.0-litre turbo a simpler 'R' moniker.

Expect to see the next generation of Golf R going on sale early in 2014.

Check out our gallery of Golf Rs past and present below!

Volkswagen Golf R - past and present

Volkswagen Golf R - past and present