Volkswagen Golf R Bows at the 2013 IAA

Posted by: Kenny Chan onSeptember 12th, 2013

With a new generation of Golfs from Volkswagen, comes another new Golf R. The mk7 GTI has been hailed as the best GTI yet, and without a doubt the same can be said of the mk7 Golf R. Volkswagen officially introduced the world to the new Golf R in Frankfurt at the 2013 IAA.

From a design perspective, the Golf R sits about a quarter of an inch lower than the GTI. Other changes are far less obvious. The front lower fascia has a slightly different design and a set of sideskirts that extend a bit lower. The quad tailpipes are the only clue to what is truly hiding under the hood. For this model, the Golf R will borrow a powerplant from the S3, the 296 horsepower engine that delivers 280 lb-ft of torque. This is a huge jump in power from the GTI, even if you compare it to one equipped with the performance package that adds an extra 10 horsepower.

The new Golf R is the first one to break under the 5 second mark on the 0-100 km/h sprint with a time of 4.9 seconds using the 6-speed DSG transmission. If you want to row your own gears that time will jump to 5.3 seconds. The price you pay for “more control”. This improved performance does not come at the expense of fuel economy. In fact, fuel economy has improved on the new Golf R with impressive combined fuel consumption of just 6.9L/100km compared to 8.4L/100km on the outgoing model. This is accomplished by a combination of weight savings (100 lbs lighter than the mk6 Golf R) and the use of both port and direct fuel injection depending on engine load.

Also new for the mk7 Golf R is a Race Mode on the Dynamic Chassis Control system. When activated, the dampers will stiffen, throttle response will improve and the DSG shift programming will be altered resulting in faster shifts and different shift points. Speaking of performance, for the first time the electronic stability control system can be fully disabled for maximum hooning pleasure.

Here in North America, we’ll have to sit back as Europeans get to enjoy the Golf R for a full year before it arrives on our shores. Pricing starts at €38,325 ($52,615 CDN) in Europe but it is expected to be closer to $41,000 when it arrives in Canada.

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