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.