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Next Volkswagen Golf R Gets Horsepower Bump, is More Fuel Efficient

By Trevor Dorchies | August 20, 2013
Volkswagen has been busy with the Golf this year unleashing a new GTI, GTD, and even a TDI BlueMotion model. Unfortunately for us, only the GTI will be available soon, but Volkswagen did say the GTD is coming to our shores, eventually. Now we have another version of the Volkswagen Golf in the form of the top-flight R model, slated to launch in Europe later this year. No word yet from Volkswagen as to when, exactly, Americans can get their hands on the latest Golf R but we do know what to expect once it arrives here. Underneath the hood, the next Volkswagen Golf R will employ a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder engine rated at 296 horsepower. This same engine serves duty under the current Golf GTI, where it's tuned to produce 227 horsepower. The Volkswagen Golf R's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine went through a motorsport-style development program with certain components like the cylinder head (exhaust valves, valve seats, and springs), pistons, high-pressure injection valves, and turbocharger all being focal points in the process. As to be expected, the latest Volkswagen Golf R's 2.0-liter engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of flinging the Golf R from 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds. When equipped with the optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, that number slides to just under five seconds. Paragraphimage Even with a horsepower rating a shade under 300, the next Volkswagen Golf R expects to achieve somewhere in the ballpark of 28 to 33 mpg combined with the manual transmission. With the DSG, the next Volkswagen Golf R will touch 34 mpg combined. To be able to set itself apart from the rest of the Golf lineup, Volkswagen gave the Golf R unique side skirts, a rear diffuser, bumpers, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. As usual, the next Golf R will have bi-xenon headlights, four chrome exhaust tips, and LED taillights as standard features. No interior shots of the next Volkswagen Golf R are available at this time, but the German automaker says a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather will be standard along with automatic climate control and ambient interior lighting, too. Perhaps the best feature on the upcoming Golf R is the ability to turn stability control off. Simply press down on the electronic stability control button for three seconds and the system turns off. Here's where reality sets back in, though. The latest variant of the Volkswagen Golf R has only been slated for release in Europe, which is expected to happen later on this year. Both a three- and five-door configuration will be available once it does hit the open market. Unfortunately for those living in the United States, Volkswagen hasn't given the green light to bring it over here yet. However, rumor has it that if Volkswagen does decide to bring the latest Golf R to our shores, it should arrive sometime in the fall of 2014, or maybe even as late as spring of 2015. As we hear more we'll pass it along so stay tuned.
  • Volkswagen Golf R Drivers Side Rear Three Quarters
  • Volkswagen Golf R Passengers Side Front Three Quarters