2013 IAA: Vw Golf 7 (VII) R is the fastest accelerating Golf yet [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 12, 2013

Volkswagen Golf 7 (VII) R has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new car is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that provides up to 300 PS of output and 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) of torque, with power transmitted via the latest 4MOTION four-wheel drive system. This configuration allows the new Golf 7 (VII) R to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds, or 4.9 seconds when equipped with the optional six-speed DSG gearbox.

This makes the Golf 7 (VII) R the fastest-accelerating production Golf yet, with an electronically limited top speed of mph. Speed and power are not the only attributes of the new Golf R, as it also boasts of combined fuel consumption of just 39.8 mpg (40.9 mpg* for the DSG version), and carbon dioxide emissions of as little as 159 g/km -- making it around 18 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

The engine used in this Golf version is a newly developed version of the EA888 TSI engine that is fitted in the latest Golf GTI, although it provides 300 PS and features a modified cylinder head, exhaust valves, valve seats and springs, pistons, injection valves and turbocharger.

The Golf R features the latest fifth-generation Haldex four-wheel drive system, which when under low loads or when coasting, the rear axle is decoupled to help reduce fuel consumption.

It takes only fractions of a second for drive to the rear axle to be engaged through the Haldex coupling.  If needed, nearly 100 percent of power can be transmitted to the rear axle. The Golf R also features specially tuned springs and dampers, with a ride height around 20 mm lower than that of the standard Golf and 5 mm lower than that of the GTI.

Customers could avail of the Adaptive Chassis Control as an option.  The Golf R also features progressive steering, which cuts the number of turns lock to lock to just 2.1, rather than 2.75.

The new Golf R features a number of new exterior features, courtesy of Volkswagen R GmbH -- bumpers, rear diffuser and side sills as well as the chrome dual tailpipes. Volkswagen R also took care of the layout and lighting design of the Golf R’s bi-xenon headlights. The new Golf R rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, with 19-inch rims offered as options.

Up front, the new Golf R is marked by a new bumper design with large air inlets and modified radiator grille that features the R logo. The grille is flanked with bi-xenon headlights which have housings that integrate the newly developed daytime running lights that form a dual "U" design below the headlamps.

When viewed on the side, the Golf R reveals "R" styled side sill panels finished in body color, "R" badges on the front wings as well as "Matt chrome" door mirror caps. Also apparent are the newly designed 18-inch "Cadiz" alloy wheels wrapped in size 225/40 tires as complemented by black brake calipers with the "R" logo. The Cadiz wheels could also be availed as 19-inch rims. VW R is also offering free-forming 19-inch "Pretoria" wheels that are both lightweight and sturdy.

On the rear, the new Golf R is marked by smoked LED rear lights with a characteristic light-colored stripe in the middle as well as a diffuser in "R" design. Also marking the rear end of the Golf R are four chrome tailpipes as well as a boot lid with the "R" logo.

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