Following yesterday's teaser, Volkswagen has revealed the 2014 Golf R which will receive its public debut in Frankfurt next month at IAA.
The range-topping Golf is powered by the familiar 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged mill which has been tweaked to provide 300 HP (221 kW), making it 30 HP (22 kW) more powerful than its predecessor. The power is delivered between 5,500 rpm and 6,200 rpm, while peak torque has gone up by 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) to 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) between 1,800 rpm and 5,500 rpm.
Improvements over the 230 HP (169 kW) GTI’s engine include new cylinder heads, exhaust valves, valve seats and springs, turbocharger, high-pressure injection valves and pistons. Power is delivered to a permanent all-wheel drive 4MOTION system with fifth-gen Haldex coupling through a six-speed manual gearbox which enables the Golf R to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.1 seconds or in 4.9 seconds when mated to the optional six-speed DSG. Regardless of transmission choice, Volkswagen has limited the top speed to 155 mph (250 km/h).
The 2014 Volkswagen Golf R consumes 7.1 liters / 100 km (33.1 mpg US or 39.7 mpg UK) and has CO2 emission of 165 g/km with the manual, while the DSG-equipped version has a fuel consumption of 6.9 liters / 100 km (34 mpg US or 40.9 mpg UK) with emissions standing at 159 g/km.
In comparison to the Golf GTI, the R version is 5mm lower and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch optionally available). The car benefits from a MacPherson front suspension and an improved multi-link rear arrangement to provide better handling and stability.
The latest Golf R gets a more aggressive body kit with revised bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser, smoked LED taillights and a chromed quad exhaust arrangement. Volkswagen is offering the model with standard bi-xenon headlights with newly developed built-in daytime running lights.
Moving inside there are sport seats covered in a combination of cloth and Alcantara with carbon-like leather. The new speedometer goes all the way up to 320 km/h, while the infotainment system is available with a 5-, 5.8- or an 8-inch display.
The 2014 Volkswagen Golf R will be available with two or four doors and is scheduled to go on sale in Germany in the fourth quarter of the year from a starting price of 38,325 EUR.
Full details are available in the press release section.