The Frankfurt Motor Show continues as Volkswagen has introduced the new Golf R.

The Frankfurt Motor Show continues as Volkswagen has introduced the new Golf R.

Designed to be the ultimate hot hatch, the Golf R has a sporty body kit that includes modified bumpers, revised side skirts and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. The model has also been equipped with LED-infused bi-xenon headlights, a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Interior changes are relatively limited but the model comes nicely equipped with cloth / Alcantara sport seats, a three-spoke sport steering wheel and "Carbon Touch" trim. There's also illuminated door sill plates, ambient lighting and faux stainless steel pedals.

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 300 HP (221 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque - an increase of 30 HP (22 kW) and 30 Nm (22 lb-ft). It sends power to the ground via a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling that "eliminates nearly all traction losses." This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds with the six-speed manual and 4.9 seconds with the optional six-speed DSG.

On the handling front, there's a sport-tuned suspension that makes the ride height 20mm lower than the Golf and 5mm lower than the Golf GTI. The model has also been equipped with a progressive steering system and a high-performance braking system with discs that measure 340mm front / 310mm rear. Buyers can also order an optional dynamic chassis control system which has three different modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

The Volkswagen Golf R will go on sale later this year and German pricing starts at €38,325.

 

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