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.
Permanent 4MOTION AWD or all-wheel drive system has always been a characteristic of the Volkswagen Golf R. The new generation 4MOTION is currently being used in the 4th-generation VW Golf R. The AWD is paired with a six-speed gearbox with short-travel shifting and a reinforced clutch. It also has automatic shifting as optional feature with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox that also gives you the alternative of manual shifting.
The Golf R’s 4MOTION AWD system is perfected by enhancements like the Haldex 5 coupling and is activated before any wheel begins to slip. This gets rid of almost all traction losses. This is achieved by the system through the use of advanced control function founded on specific driving conditions. Moreover, forward propulsion mainly comes from the car’s front axle while the rear axle is decoupled when coasting or operating under a low load. This basic drive layout helps save fuel. However, the vehicle’s rear axle can be engaged variably whenever necessary in fractions of a second. This is done through a Haldex coupling, activated by electro-hydraulic oil pump.
What’s more, a control unit calculates ideal drive torque continually for the rear axle. It also activates the oil pump in order to control the closing of the multi-plate clutch. Furthermore, the oil pressure adds to the clutch plates’ contact pressure, increasing it in proportion to the rear axle’s torque. Therefore, you can use the level of pressure you apply to the clutch plates to vary the transmitted torque’s magnitude.
Additionally, the 300 PS Golf R’s wheels are kept from spinning even when you drive off and accelerate because the torque distribution is regulated by the control unit as a dynamic axle loads function. The Haldex 5 coupling’s activation is primarily based on the engine torque as you demanded. In parallel, a driving status ID system within the AWD control unit evaluates these parameters as steering angle and wheel speeds. You can direct nearly 100% of the drive torque to the rear axle when necessary.