As we told you in this article, the new Golf 7 R will be officially unveiled in September, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Still, Volkswagen released the first images with the brand new car and the result is remarkable. Don’t expect a radical design because you are not going to see that, but you will get the well-known five-spoke 18-inch wheels seen on previous R models, R-specific bumpers, a new front bumper with larger air intakes and a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and four tailpipes.
Moreover, we find dark LED tail lights and bi-xenon headlamps featuring the U-shaped LEDs. The new Golf VII R is also 20 mm closer to the asphalt comparing it with the standard model or with 5 mm lower than the GTI. Under the hood, there is a 2.0-liter petrol engine developing 300 hp (221 kW) and 380 Nm of torque.
This means that the Golf 7 R delivers more power than the Audi S3 (280 hp), but you already know that because we told you. Thanks to the all-wheel drive system, the 2014 Golf VII R is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds when using a manual transmission and in just 4.9 seconds when using the DSG automatic transmission.
Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. Fuel consumption is 7.1 liters per 100 km when using the manual transmission and 6.9 liters with the DSG.
Volkswagen R GmbH developed many new details for its flagship Golf’s exterior. These new details include the side sills, bumpers, chrome dual exhaust tailpipes, rear diffuser, bi-xenon headlights’ layout and lighting design, and standard 18” and optional 19” alloy wheels.
A new bumper design that sports exceptionally large air inlets, new daytime running lights integrated into the headlights’ housings, and a modified radiator grille complete with the "R" logo, all make the Volkswagen Golf R distinguishable from the front. The sports car’s LED daytime running lights, meanwhile, form a dual "U" design right beneath the dual bi-xenon headlights.
From the side, the Volkswagen Golf R is characterized by new 18” Cadiz alloy wheels paired with 225/40 tyres, as well as black brake callipers that carry the “R” logo, “R” badges on the car’s front wings, side sill panels done in “R” style and painted in the car’s body color, and “Matt chrome” caps for the door mirror. You can also opt for 19” alloy wheels. Volkswagen offers “Cadiz” wheels in 19” and 18” sizes, while “Pretoria” wheels are exclusively offered for 19” size as “flow-forming” wheels in motorsport design.
Furthermore, rear details defining the new Volkswagen Golf R’s look include smoked LED lights at the rear with a characteristic light-colored middle stripe, four chrome tailpipes, diffuser in “R” design, and a boot lid that carries an “R” logo.