The 2014 Vw Golf 7 (VII) R has made its official debut ahead of 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and as expected it is the most powerful model from the Golf lineup. In the first six months of the year, Volkswagen introduced the new Golf GTI, Golf GTD, Golf Estate and Golf TDI BlueMotion, but the new Golf R promises to take the Golf nameplate even further.
The new Golf R is powered by the same 2.0-liter TFSI engine found on the GTI, but if on the GTI the engine delivers 226 hp on the new vehicle it has a total output of 296 hp (221 kW) and a maximum torque of 380 Nm. Power is delivered to the road via the permanent all-wheel drive system, the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
As a result, the Golf R sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.2 seconds (previous model: 5.7 seconds) with the manual gearbox, while with the automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG) the vehicle reaches the same speed in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph.
Despite the power increase, the fuel consumption was reduced to 6.9 l/100 km when using the optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). Even more fuel efficient is the Golf R that is equipped with a Stop-Start system and battery regeneration. A sport suspension was also added and the body height was lowered by 20 mm. Volkswagen installed a new progressive steering system and "ESC Sport", which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track.
As an option, Vw offers the DCC dynamic chassis control system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode. Regarding the design, the Golf 7 (VII) R comes equipped with standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights (in dual-U design), dark red LED rear lights, four chromed tailpipes, a new front bumper, new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system, side sills and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, we find 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. The Golf 7 (VII) R will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year and will be available with two or four doors.