VW's Golf R is now officially out for your eyes to feast on. Maximum power is 199kW while the DSG models can do 0 - 100 in 5.5 seconds. Orders can be placed in Germany from the end of the year.

It almost touches 200kW (272hp). It is a hatchback. It is a Volkswagen Golf. Not just any VW Golf mind you; this is the mother of all Golfs, the most powerful road Golf of all time. It is the Golf R and visitors at the 2009 IAA in Frankfurt will get to see it live for the first time.

The engine is a turbocharged advanced direct injection four-cylinder petrol TSI developing 199kW (270hp) at 6,000rpm and 350Nm of torque between 2,500rpm and 5,000rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels through the upgraded 4Motion AWD system. VW says it can send close to 100% of torque to the rear wheels in some extreme conditions, making it very versatile as a handling tool. Performance figures are 5.7 seconds for the 0 - 100km/h sprint and 250km/h for the top speed. With the DSG transmission the 0 - 100km/h time goes down to 5.5 seconds.

The DSG returns 8.4 litres per 100km in fuel consumption and 195g/km of C02 emissions. The 6-speed manual averages 8.5 litres per 100km and its C02 emissions are 199g/km. All this means is that the Golf R is up to 21% more fuel efficient than its predecessor the R 32.

The exterior features the R logo on the front grille, very large air intakes with high-gloss painted louvers, LED daytime running lights strips, bi-xenon headlights, side skirt extensions, newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels ("Talladega" type) with 225/40 tyres (optional 19-inch version with 235/35 tyres), a rear diffuser and centrally-located twin tailpipes. The front suspension is a McPherson strut layout and the whole thing is lowered by 25mm.

Interior equipment befits a car of this stature. On the menu are bits like the three-spoke leather steering wheel with perforated leather and an R logo, sports seats for good support, an R-badged gear lever, stainless steel pedals, carpet floor mats, aluminium door tread plates with the R logo and the instruments with their blue pointers. The centre cushions of the seats give tribute to the Kayalami race track by being textured in something called a grey-black "Kayalami" design.

Anyone who lives in Germany and is interested in buying the Golf R can order one at the end of this year. Prices have yet to be announced.


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