The Volkswagen Golf VI R is a very potent hot hatchback but in its standard configuration is no match to the Lamborghini Gallardo Tricolore. However, if the Golf R gets tweaked by HGP-Turbo the story changes as the vehicle features a Passat R36-sourced V6 3.6-liter engine uprated to develop no less than 745 PS and a peak torque of 925 Nm. The engine is mated to an Audi RS3-sourced transmission and also has the brakes of the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG. It can hit 100 km/h from a standstill in 2.9 seconds while the 0-200 km/h sprint is done in a mere 8.9 seconds.
New rumors have emerged about the R version of the Volkswagen Golf VI. The standard variant went on sale towards the end of 2012 while this year the German marque introduced the warm GTI version. It will be followed sometime in 2014 by the range-topping R version which promises to be the fastest and most powerful Volkswagen Golf ever made. Sources have told British car magazine Auto Express that the new Golf R could be offered with more than 300 bhp (224 kW). Equally important, the Golf VII R is likely to be cheaper than its predecessor as the same report indicates a starting price of approximately 30,000 pounds ($46,000 / 35,200 euros).
Power will allegedly come from the familiar turbocharged 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter mill which will work together with an all-wheel drive version. Apparently this AWD system will be improved for the 2014 Golf R and will be lighter as well. We remind you the Golf VI R (pictured) is about 330 lbs (150 kg) heavier than the Golf VI GTI, but the difference of weight between the new versions will be of 220 lbs (100 kg), representing a considerably weight reduction which should make the hot hatchback very agile.
There are other rumors as well concerning the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R, such as a specially developed electronic stability system which the driver will have the possibility of turning off, something that cannot be done on the Golf VII GTI. We should also expect to see a revamped electronically-controlled mechanical front limited slip differential, a system which is available at an additional cost on the recently introduced Golf VII GTI. Based on previous spy shots with the new Golf R, the car will most likely adopt a quad exhaust setup as opposed to the previous version which had a centrally-mounted dual exhaust system.
Chances are the 2014 Volkswagen Golf VII R will be revealed to the public at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled for the first part of September. It is expected to hit Volkswagen dealerships at the beginning of the year. More details about the flagship Golf VII should occur in the next few months, prior to its alleged Frankfurt debut so stay tuned for additional details.
Note: Volkswagen Golf VI R pictured
In September last year Volkswagen introduced the seventh-generation of the highly popular Golf so it’s only logical now for them to focus on the more potent R version which will certainly be one of the most powerful Golf ever made. Various reports are indicating the hot hatch will make use of a 2.0-liter TSI engine churning 286 hp (213 kW) and will have a peak torque of 280 lb-ft (379 Nm). Power will be transferred to the wheels with the help of a Haldex AWD system (fifth-generation) which is more responsive and lighter than the predecessor. This system made its debut recently on the Golf VII 4Motion.
Thanks to this setup, the Volkswagen Golf VII R will be able to perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in approximately five seconds when equipped with a dual clutch gearbox, on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Even though it will be considerably more powerful and quicker than its predecessor, the Golf VII R should also be more fuel efficient taking into account that it will make the switch to the company’s MQB platform which could enable to vehicle to weigh 2,645 lbs (1,200 kg) and return 33.6 mpg US (40.4 mpg UK or 7 liters / 100 km).
Note: Volkswagen Golf VI R pictured