Launched at the end of last year, the facelifted Volkswagen Mk7 Golf R is a formidable bit of equipment, packing 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque under its hood from a 2.0 litre TSI engine – gains of 10 PS and 20 Nm from before. For those looking to add a more imposing presence, a Performance package is forthcoming.

The hot hatchback’s engine outputs are unchanged with the Performance pack, though it does include sportier items; an air curtain channels airflow along the Golf R’s side skirts, while around the back, a rear spoiler and rear bumper diffuser also help work the air.

The Performance pack adds a 17-inch brake kit, Race mode, Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, and on-board telemetry displaying G-force, turbocharger boost pressure and engine output. The package also includes variable settings for damper stiffness and steering weight, along with launch control.

Inside, sports seats and carbon-fibre style trim feature within the Golf R cabin, along with a 9.2-inch Discover Pro touchscreen display when higher trim levels are specified. For the driver, a 12.3-inch digital display handles vehicular information. The Golf R Performance package will be a cost option to be made available at a later, as yet-unspecified date.


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