The new Golf R is powered by a newly designed 300 PS TSI (221 kW), which is 30 PS stronger but up to 18 per cent more fuel efficient than that in the previous model.
Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also adopts a permanent all-wheel drive system, couples with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
The Golf R with a manual gearbox reaches 100 km/h after just 5.1 seconds (previous model: 5.7 s), while with the dual clutch gearbox (DSG) the sports car completes the classic sprint in an even faster 4.9 seconds.
The exterior design is characterized by specially designed bumpers, side sills and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The special model can also be visually distinguished by the standard bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-U design), dark red LED rear lights and two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes.
Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats in a “fabric-Alcantara” material mix, leather-trimmed three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambience lighting, automatic climate control and a radio-CD system with touchscreen.
The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Despite the car’s exceptionally agile driving performance and 30 PS more power, fuel consumption of the Golf R was reduced from 8.5 to 7.1 l/100 km compared to that of the previous model. CO2 emissions were also improved from 199 to 165 g/km.
Among the technical highlights are the newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20 mm), the new progressive steering system and “ESC Sport” – which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track.
Optional highlights include the further developed DCC dynamic chassis control system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode.
The official debut will take place a t the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, while the market launch – for both the two and four-door models – is expected for the fourth quarter of this year.