Volkswagen has officially revealed the seventh-generation of its range-topping Golf R.
Following a teaser image and little other information, the company is revealing much-anticipated details including the fact that it and the Audi S3 will have a common engine. That powerplant will make 300 metric horsepower or 296 by U.S. measurement and 280 lb-ft of torque. Not only that, but peak torque is promised from 1,800 all the way to 5,500 rpm.
VW will also offer the car with both a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, sending power to all four wheels. A stiffer suspension leaves the car 0.78 inches lower than a normal Golf or 0.2 below the GTI.
More superficially, updates fall in line with the other members of the new generation, albeit in more pronounced proportions. That includes redesigned bumpers, new side sills and either 18- or 19-inch wheels. Dual exhaust pipes are also included. The head and tail lights are also darkened to lend the inconspicuous performer a slightly more sinister look.
VW has yet to release a photo of the cabin, but it is rumored to be a thorough upgrade with front sport seats with available Nappa leather. Other extras include R Design instruments, and probably carbon fiber accents.
The official unveiling will take place next month during the Frankfurt Motor Show before it goes on sale in Europe late this year. It isn’t clear when North American buyers will see them land in showrooms, but don’t be surprised by a gap proportionate to the roughly year-long delay for lesser models.
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