Like the last few generations before it, the latest Mk7 Volkswagen Golf will also get a top of the line R version from Volkswagen R GmbH, and here are the first details of the Mk7 Golf R. Set to debut in the fourth-quater this year, the Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 will feature a 300 PS engine and Haldex 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
That’s a notable power hike over the Mk6 Golf R, which in Europe has 270 PS and 350 Nm (the Malaysian-spec Golf R has 255 PS and 330 Nm). The Volkswagen Golf R Mk7’s 300 PS and 380 Nm numbers are familiar as the Audi S3 shares the same figures. After all, the Mk7 Golf GTI now has 350 Nm, which is already more torque than the Mk6 Golf R. The EA888 engine has dual injection systems – both port- and direct-injection are used.
The R will be available with either a manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox – the former hitting 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds while the self-shifting version does it even faster, at 4.9 seconds. With auto start/stop and energy recuperation via alternator management, fuel consumption for the DSG-equipped Golf R is rated at just 6.9 litres per 100 km, compared to 8.4 litres per 100 km for the Mk6 Golf R.
The Golf R is five millimetres lower than the Golf GTI, and is in total 20 mm lower than a regular Golf. To attain optimal mechanical grip, stiffness values were precisely controlled for springs and anti-roll bars, intentionally designed not to be too stiff. A setup that is not super rigid allows for better grip on both flat as well as uneven roads – a super stiff setup is more suited for optimised flat surfaces like race tracks.
On this one, DCC is an option, which provides dampers with adjustable damping force. Four driving modes are available – Comfort, Normal, Sport and Race, which are selectable from the car’s touchscreen system. Damping forces are variable at each individual wheel, and this latest version of DCC can fully independently vary rebound and compression damping.
In addition, there are Race and Individual modes. Race mode has the highest damping rate and the most aggressive engine and transmission configuration. Individual mode allows you to fine tune the settings for various components, in case you want to adjust transmission and damper settings independently for example. Finally, there’s Eco mode, which optimises all systems including the air-conditioning system for fuel economy.
The Haldex 4MOTION system sends power primarily to the front wheels. In low load or coasting situations, the rear axle is decoupled, which saves fuel. The Haldex system’s electro-hydraulic oil pump can engage the rear axle in fractions of a second if needed – if necessary, nearly 100% of the drive torque can be sent to the rear axle.
For further traction, four electronic differential locks (EDS) integrated in the electronic stability control system act as transverse locks. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side. In the Golf R, the electronic differential locks are implemented at both axles in what is referred to as four-wheel EDS.
In addition, the Golf R is equipped with XDS+ at the front and rear axles, a further extension of the EDS system. This brakes the wheels on the inside of a bend during fast driving through bends, optimising steering behaviour.
When the car is being driven fast, as soon as the electronics detect excessively light loads on wheels on the inside of a bend, the hydraulics of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) apply brake pressure to this wheel to restore optimal traction – XDS+ thereby operates as a transverse differential lock that compensates for understeer during fast cornering.
The Golf R gets an exclusive exterior look, paired with 18-inch Cadiz alloy wheels wrapped with 225/40 tyres, and there’s an optional 19-inch Pretoria wheel to upgrade to if needed. The signature colour is the Lapis Blue Metallic you see here, but you can also pick from Pure White, Tornado Red, Night Blue, Limestone Grey Metallic, Reflex Silver Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect, or Oryx White.
The Volkswagen Golf R will make its public debut at Frankfurt 2013.