VW has officially unveiled the all-new 2014 Golf R, which will go on sale in Europe by the end of the year.
VW has officially unveiled the all-new 2014 Golf R, which will go on sale in Europe by the end of the year. The big news is that the new Golf R is now powered by a new engine that packs 296 horsepower, 30 more than before and at the same time is 18 percent more fuel efficient.
The Golf R has a more advanced version of the EA888 four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter engine that powers the new GTI. Compared to the 227-hp GTI engine, the engineers boosted power by 69 hp to 296 hp. Maximum torque has been increased by 22 pound-feet to 280 lb-ft, available over a broad speed band from 1800 to 5500 rpm. All that power is put to the ground via the latest version of VW’s 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive system.
With a manual transmission, the Golf R reaches 62 mph from rest in just 5.3 seconds, an improvement of 0.4 sec over the previous Golf R. With the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, the car completes the sprint in just 4.9 seconds. The Golf R’s top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The Golf R features a sport suspension setup that is specifically tuned to the car. Compared to the base Golf, its ride height was lowered by 0.8 inches, which makes the Golf R lower by 0.2 inches than the GTI. The Golf R also stands out with its unique bumpers, side skirts, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. It also gets standard Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights, dark red LED taillights and a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tips.