Spotted near a showroom in Glenmarie last weekend, the Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 has been seen in Malaysia again, this time at JPJ Putrajaya. You know what that means: the hot-hatch’s local launch should be sooner rather than later. For reference, we’ve found the latest Golf R listed on oto.my for RM300k.
Regular contributor Anol Alias sent over these pictures of the filthy-looking blue example – the JPJ boys must be having an absolute ball with this one. It being a 300 PS all-wheel drive fun machine, who could really blame them?
Clear to see are the Golf R’s bespoke bumpers, quad exhaust pipes, smoked LED tail lamps and 19-inch wheels with 235/35 R19 low-profile tyres. The grille has a brushed aluminium strip that extends into the headlights, replacing the red and chrome highlights on the GTI and TSI respectively. The wing mirrors are finished as such too.
Inside, the ultimate Golf finally gets the top-of-the-line, GPS-equipped 8.0-inch Discover Pro multimedia touchscreen system, replacing the mid-range 5.8-inch Composition Media unit on the GTI and TSI. You can see a push start button by the gear lever too.
The R-badged steering wheel, white stitching, blue instrument cluster, carbon-fibre-look inserts and sports seats further differentiate the R. It’s worth nothing that the seats are of the standard kind, unlike the part-Alcantara “Motorsport Bucket Seats” offered on the RM268,888 Golf R Mk6 (see separate gallery below).
Its performance will out easily outclass the older car, however, with its newer EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged engine making 300 PS and 380 Nm of torque, which is a big step up over the 255 PS/330 Nm EA113 in the Mk6. Paired to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, it should cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds, down from 5.7 seconds in the outgoing car.
Volkswagen Golf R Mk6