Development work continues on the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R as our spies have caught the model undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.

Development work continues on the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R as our spies have caught the model undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.

Looking far more aggressive than the standard model, the Golf R is equipped with a new front fascia that has prominent air intakes. The model is also features a sporty rear bumper, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

Motivation will likely be provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops at least 286 bhp (213 kW) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. It will likely be connected to a dual-clutch transmission and a new Haldex all-wheel drive system that is lighter and more responsive than its predecessor. Thanks to these tweaks, the Golf R could accelerate from 0-100 km/h in approximately five seconds and have a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Besides having some extra oomph, the Golf R is slated to have an improved limited-slip differential and a bespoke electronic stability system that is fully defeatable.

The Volkswagen Golf R could be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so stay tuned for more details.

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