Volkswagen has completed the update on its popular Golf hatch by confirming details of the revised flagship Golf R hot hatch.
Available as both a three and five-door hatch in Europe, or more capacious wagon (known as the Golf R Variant), the updated 2017 Golf R adheres closely to the template set out by the Mark 7 Golf.
Under the bonnet, power from the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine climbs from 221kW to 228kW making it the most powerful production Golf to date. But, as before, don’t expect that level of peak power in Australian models as our hot climate requires the engine to be detuned slightly. Still, it is expected to have more than the 206kW output of the existing model.
Torque also climbs from 380Nm to a more authoritative 400Nm on seven-speed DSG-equipped models, which results in a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.6 seconds for automatic hatch variants (4.8 seconds for wagon) while manual models, which remain at 380Nm, take 5.1 seconds. A top speed of 250 km/h is possible in standard trim while an optional Performance Package lifts V-max to 267km/h for the hatch and 260km/h for the wagon.
Volkswagen has also teamed up with exhaust maker Akrapovic to offer an optional titanium exhaust for the Golf R hatch which shaves 7kg from the weight of the standard system and offers “an incomparable sound,” according to Volkswagen.
Performance brakes also join the options list, adding hybrid construction front rotors with steel friction rings and aluminum centres for better high-performance temperature management and a 2kg weight-saving. Semi-slick tyres on 19-inch wheels are also available via the options list.
Australian customers can expect to see the new Golf R and GTI locally in the second half of 2017, with local specifications to be confirmed ahead of the performance pair’s Australian launch.