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.
VW’s Golf R model has been made more aggressive both in looks and aerodynamics thanks to features and elements developed by Volkswagen R GmbH. These features and elements include the Golf R’s bumpers, rear diffuser and side sills as well as chrome dual tailpipes located left and right of the diffuser. Further R features and elements include the newly designed bi-xenon headlights and 18-inch wheels (standard) or the optional 19-inch alloy rim.
To make the Golf R stand out from a standard model, it is provided with a modified radiator grille with the "R" logo and new bumper design with extra large air inlets. It is also provided with new daytime running lights – in LED technology -- integrated into the housings of the bi-xenon headlamps. These LED DRLs are arranged to form a unique dual "U" design.
When viewed from the sides, the new Golf R’s sporty nature is revealed through its newly designed 18-inch "Cadiz" alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 tires and featuring black brake callipers with "R" logo. Likewise, the Golf R feature side sill panels in "R" style in body color; "R" badges on the front wings; as well as door mirror caps in matt chrome. For those who wanted something more special, they may avail of optional 19-inch alloy wheels which could be specified as "Cadiz" hubs or "Pretoria" flow-forming rims.
Meanwhile, the rear end of the new Golf R is marked by smoked LED rear lights with light-colored stripe in the middle as well as diffuser in "R" design. Four chrome tailpipes as well as an "R" logo on the boot lid also mark the rear end of the Golf flagship.