2017 VW Golf R Facelift offers more power, updated design

Article by Christian A., on January 4, 2017

Volkswagen continues to provide more details and images of its much-awaited Volkswagen Golf R all-wheel drive flagship. Overall, the 2017 VW Golf R Facelift looks more handsome and more aggressive than its predecessors with power that is a bit higher.

Judging from the looks of the new VW Golf R, the flagship sports the same exterior update – like its revised radiator grille, redesigned bumper with larger openings as well as new LED headlamps. On the sides, the latest Golf R features new, double-five-spoke wheels. On the rear, the new 2017 VW Golf R features new taillights with a new LED pattern as well as larger lamps on its rear bumper.

Inside, there are no noticeable revisions on the cabin of the new 2017 VW Golf R – the interior remains almost the same visually as the 2016 model. However, the update comes in the form of technologies. For instance, the interior of the new 2017 VW Golf R comes with a 12.3-inch new fully digital instrument cluster that offers up to five different information profiles. It also features a new touchscreen that is fitted with gesture control technology.

In terms of power, the 2017 VW Golf R is a bit more powerful than its predecessor. In the 2016 Golf R, the carmaker’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers up to 300 PS of output and up to 380 Nm of torque. Now, VW has updated this four-cylinder engine to deliver 310 PS (plus 10 PS) of output and 400 Nm (plus 20 Nm) of torque. This means that the new 2017 VW Golf R could sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, compared to 4.9 seconds needed by its predecessor. The new Golf R could go as fast as 155 mph.

In terms of efficiency, the 2017 VW Golf R consumes between 8.7 liters and 10.1 liters per 100 km in the urban cycle; between 6.0 liters and 6.6 liters per 100 km in the extra-urban settings; and between 7.0 liters and 7.9 liters per 100 in the combined cycle. In addition, the 2017 VW Golf R emits between 160 grams and 180 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. In Europe, the new VW Golf R has a starting price of around €40,675 (manual transmission).

On the other hand, Volkswagen has announced that it has commenced pre-selling the entry-level version of the Golf. The new Golf 1.0 TSI Trendline boasts of significantly enhanced features, with an engine that provides up to 85 PS (63 kW). Interested customers could now order the Golf 1.0 TSI Trendline at a starting price of €17,850. According to VW, this places it at the same price range as the 2016 previous model.

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