VW surprised everyone at the Frankfurt Motor Show by unveiling the most powerful ever.
While there’s no R32 model in the latest VW Golf line-up, the new Golf R should definitely satisfy anyone with a need for speed.
Unlike the trademark petrol V6 that was shoehorned under the bonnet of the previous R32 model, the new Golf R has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that pumps out 266bhp – very similar to the engine set-up in the Audi TTS.
Lighter, more powerful Golf
The good news is that the Golf R’s engine is lighter and more powerful than the old V6, and offers better fuel economy.
And that weightloss has helped raise its performance too – with a manual gearbox it’ll hit 62mph in a claimed 5.7 seconds – and allied to the semi automatic DSG gearbox it will get there in 5.5 seconds. It does have all-wheel drive, in a revised format, to help keep all that power in check.
So what’s the catch? The Golf R has very understated styling. It has new front and rear bumpers with LED running lights and a pair of central exhaust pipes, but – in our opinion at least – the looks don’t do enough to set it apart from more mundane Golf models.
Golf R to arrive this year
You can decide for yourself what you think when the Golf R arrives in UK showrooms in December. Prices haven’t yet been announced, but will certainly top the – so upwards of £25,000 seems likely.
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