Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 Archive

  • Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 now on sale – from RM247k


    Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) has very quietly announced the availability of the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R. The top hot Golf comes in two variants – a basic three-door model and a more expensive five-door with a Tech Pack, similar to how the Golf GTI is sold here.

    Both models get new, more aggressive front and rear bumpers, deeper side sills, adaptive bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, smoked LED tail lights and quad exhaust pipes. The base model gets 18-inch “Cadiz” five spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 rubber, while the five-door is treated to wheels in the same design, but measuring 19 inches in diameter and shod in meatier 235/35 tyres.

    That’s not all – the five-door also adds automatic headlights and wipers, a panoramic sunroof, electric folding and heated door mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry and start, a space-saving spare wheel and a rear view camera. Even parking sensors – front and rear – are only available on the more expensive model.


    Inside, the R differentiates itself from the rest of the Golf range with an R-badged flat-bottomed steering wheel, white stitching, blue needles for the instrument cluster, a lap timer for the multifunction display, stainless steel pedals, faux carbon fibre trim, and R-badged sports seats. Those seats are upholstered in Alcantara for the three-door, and Vienna leather for the five-door.

    Here too, you get your money’s worth, with the five-door model also coming with a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an adjustable front centre armrest with rear air vents, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and the top-of-the-range Discover Pro navigation and infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen (the three-door has to make do with the lesser Composition Media system with a smaller 5.8-inch touchscreen).

    But no matter which model you punt for, you get the most important equipment of all: a 2.0 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine making 280 PS from 5,700 to 6,200 rpm and 380 Nm from 1,750 to 5,600 rpm. Equipped with a six-speed DSG and 4Motion all-wheel drive, the R rockets to 100 km/h in five seconds flat on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h. Start/stop and regenerative braking come standard.

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    All models get the XDS+ electronic differential lock and variable-ratio progressive steering system, but only the five-door gets Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with driver profile selection.

    This all makes sense when you look at the price tags for both models – the base three-door comes in at RM247,060, while the five-door with the Tech Pack costs a rather more eye-watering RM287,060. Both prices are on the road excluding insurance.

    The Volkswagen Golf R come in four colours – Pure White, Tornado Red, Lapiz Blue Metallic and Deep Black Pearl. As with all Volkswagens sold in Malaysia, both models come with a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty and a five-year mobility guarantee.

    Head to our new car research site, for the full specifications and equipment details of the new Volkswagen Golf R. You can also compare it to its nearest rivals to find out which tyre-scorching hatchback is really for you.

  • Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 teased online, coming June 6

    Volkswagen Golf R teaser

    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 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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    GALLERY: Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R spotted at JPJ

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  • Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 spotted on the move in Bangi!


    We’ve seen it on a trailer and in the JPJ car park; now it’s time for it to be spotted on the move. Reader Aznor Izam Sabuti has kindly sent in this solitary shot of the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R on a trial run in Sungai Merab, Bangi. Whoever’s driving it must have a big grin on their face.

    As our JPJ spyshots have divulged, the super-Golf features unique bumpers, quad tailpipes, smoked LED tail lamps and 235/35 R19 alloys. The wing mirrors and one of the grille bars are brushed aluminium.

    Inside, you’ll see an eight-inch Discover Pro touch-screen with navigation, a push start button by the gear lever and an R-badged steering wheel. There’s also a blue instrument panel, white stitching, carbon-fibre-look trim and sports seats.

    In Europe, the powerplant is a 2.0 litre EA888 turbo engine that produces 300 PS and 380 Nm of torque; however, Singapore, Australia, Japan and the Middle East get 280 PS (same state of tune as the Seat Leon Cupra 280). Will we get 280 or 300 PS?

    With the help of a six-speed DSG, the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R does the century sprint in five seconds (with 280 PS) or 4.9 seconds (with 300 PS) – almost a full second quicker than the Mk6 Golf R.

    Our current RM269k Mk6 Golf R has 255 PS and 330 Nm of twist at its disposal (270 PS in Europe). We’ve found a Mk7 Golf R on for RM300k. The price is mentioned to be an estimate. But since an ad is up, bookings must be open.

    Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R spotted at JPJ

    Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R official pics

    Mk6 Volkswagen Golf R

  • SPIED: Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 seen at JPJ Putrajaya


    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 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

  • Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 spotted on trailer in Malaysia


    The latest Mk7 edition of Volkswagen’s top of the line Golf is here. Reader Teng Yong Jian sent us these photos of a single Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 on a trailer in Glenmarie, finished in the hot hatch’s signature blue colour. It’s the five-door version, more practical than the three-door body you see below.

    Volkswagen Malaysia currently lists the Mk6 Golf R on its website for RM268,888, but we managed to find a Mk7 Golf R listed on for RM300k. The price is mentioned to be an estimate and no other specs are mentioned. However since an ad is up, bookings must be open.


    The new Golf R produces 300 PS and 380 Nm of torque from its 2.0 litre turbocharged EA888 engine, a big improvement over the Malaysian-spec Mk6 Golf R’s older EA113 2.0 litre motor’s 255 PS and 330 Nm.

    Internationally, the Mk7 Golf R is available with either a manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. We’re expecting only the latter to be available here in Malaysia. A DSG-equipped Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.9 seconds – pretty quick!

  • Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 first details – 300 PS, AWD

    Der neue Volkswagen Golf R

    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.

    Der neue Volkswagen 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.

    Der neue Volkswagen Golf R

    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.

    golf r mk7

    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.


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Last Updated 13 May 2021