When Volkswagen released the 2017 VW Golf R, quite a number of people got excited about its increased power and more aggressive looks. However, some people weren’t that impressed about the Golf R. It seems VW has heard these qualms and is now moving to make the Golf R more impressive than before.
To make the Golf R hotter than before, the German carmaker has decided to offer a number of performance upgrades. Installing these upgrades would allow the Golf R to become an essentially better performer. These include the installation of a new exhaust and new brakes as well as semi-slick tires for track use.
In the case of the new exhaust, VW chose to tap Akrapovic, a Slovenian maker of premium exhaust systems for high performance cars and bikes. Since the performance exhaust system for the VW Golf R is made from titanium, it is lighter than the standard tailpipes. When installed, these tailpipes from Akrapovic help give the VW Golf R a set of “completely new acoustics.”
Aside from the titanium tailpipes from Akrapovic, the Golf R is also available with a new brake kit that is lighter by around four and a half pounds than the typical system. This brake kit features front built pin discs that combines a steel friction ring with an aluminum pot, a setup that allows for radial expansion under heat. Moreover, this new brake kit includes special brake pads and increased precision.
As launched, the 2017 VW Golf R features a revised radiator grille, redesigned bumper with larger openings as well as new LED headlamps, while riding on new, double-five-spoke wheels. Its rear end is marked by new taillights with a new LED pattern and larger lamps on the rear bumper.
For the 2017 model year, the new 2017 VW Golf R comes with a 12.3-inch new fully digital instrument cluster offering up to five different information profiles. It also comes with a new touchscreen fitted with gesture control technology.
In the field of power, the 2017 VW Golf R is a bit more powerful than the previous model. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine could deliver 310 PS (plus 10 PS) of output and 400 Nm (plus 20 Nm) of torque. This allows the 2017 VW Golf R to accelerate from nil to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds and achieve a top speed 155 mph. In terms of efficiency, the 2017 VW Golf R eats up between 8.7 liters and 10.1 liters of fuel per 100 km in the urban cycle; as well as between 7.0 liters and 7.9 liters per 100 in the combined cycle. In Europe, the new VW Golf R features a starting price of €40,675 for the manual transmission version.