Images of Volkswagen’s prototype version of a new top-of-the-line R model while it was being tested in Germany have recently come out. Apparently, Volkswagen is committed to make sure that its seventh-generation Golf line-up in record speed. It’s likely that the new Golf R will enter the Mk7 lineup by late next year, which is over a year earlier than expected.
It will probably get rid of the existing ‘EA113’ 2.0 turbo engine and instead, it will use the ‘EA888’ unit, which is more modern, says Autocar. The new 2.0-litre turbo four-pot, which will be used in the upcoming Audi S3, will be equipped with Audi’s patented valve lift system together with the newest in piezo-valve-guided direct injection. There has been confirmation yet however.
Nevertheless, VW executives have dropped hints that the power will be given a slight boost. It’s likely to peak higher than the 266bhp of the outgoing model to around 276bhp.
Its power will still be distributed via a four-wheel drive system that utilizes a Haldex-style multi-plate clutch. Buyers can choose from either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, which will replace the current six-speed DSG.