With the new Volkswagen Golf (we’ll call it the Mk7.5 for now) now out in the open, the German automaker’s next step is to introduce the potent Golf R models (hatch and Variant body styles), which did not make it in time for the November reveal.
As expected, the R acquires the same styling tweaks as the rest of the line-up, so the new bumpers and headlamps similar to those on the R-Line are all here. However, there are a few design cues that are unique to the “sportier-than-the-GTI” model.
The upper grille at the front for instance, gets the true “R” emblem, while the lower intake abandons the honeycomb pattern, opting instead for rows of rectangles. In other areas, the side mirrors are now get a silver paintjob, and there four exhaust tips versus the GTI’s two. The latter is accompanied by a four-slat diffuser and a solitary “R” emblem on the tailgate.
Inside, the company’s new Composition Colour infotainment system comes as standard, with higher trim levels receiving the Discover Pro system and 9.2-inch touchscreen display, as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
VW also managed coaxed more power from the 2.0 litre TSI engine, which now provides 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque, which is 10 PS and 20 Nm more than before. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via a six-speed manual (or DSG) and the company’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Performance-wise, the new Golf R will make the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds (-0.4 seconds).
For customers who require something a little frugal, VW has also introduced a new entry-level Golf that comes with an 85 PS 1.0 litre TSI that is claimed to consume just 4.8 l/100 km. There’s also diesel-powered Golf 2.0 TDI 4Motion with 150 PS.