Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) has teased on its Facebook page the arrival of a new R model coming on June 6. This is almost certainly the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R, since it has already been spotted on a trailer, in JPJ Putrajaya and out on the road undergoing evaluations.
The searingly hot hatch is powered by a 2.0 litre EA888 turbo four with differing power outputs depending on region – 300 PS for Europe, 280 PS for Singapore, Australia and the Middle East. Whichever tune we will get, there will be 380 Nm at your disposal, and drive is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed DSG. 0-100 km/h is done in either five seconds for the 280 PS version or 4.9 seconds for the 300 PS.
The performance backs up the muscled-up looks of the Golf R, differentiated through more aggressive front and rear bumpers, deeper side sills, smoked LED tail lights and quad exhaust exits. Brushed aluminium trim adorns the door mirrors and grille.
Inside, there is an R-badged flat-bottomed steering wheel, white stitching, blue instrument cluster, carbon fibre-look trim and sport seats. Based on the spyshots, our Golf R will get the top-of-the-range Discover Pro touchscreen navigation system, push button start, leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof and 19-inch wheels shod in 235/35 tyres.
The outgoing Mk6 Golf R currently retails for RM270,060, but we noticed an ad on oto.my posted today listing the car for an estimated price of RM285,888, and another ad mentioning a 3-door version of the Golf R for RM245,888. The 3-door listed price is probably much cheaper because of lower equipment levels, similiar to Volkswagen Malaysia’s Golf GTI Mk7 offering. So, anyone interested?
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