New Volkswagen Golf R Gets Big Power Bump

When Volkswagen finishes launching all seven planned variants of its popular Golf within the next 12 months, the Golf R will sit at the top of the lineup boasting 286 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

The new Golf R, which is closely related to the Audi A3, will be the most powerful production Golf in the model’s storied history and will be powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine.  Paired with the six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Golf R will accelerate to 62 mph in five seconds with a 155 mph top speed.

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Power will be sent to all four wheels through the new Haldex 5 system. The German automaker said the system allows for keener handling due to a faster transfer of power between the front and rear axles.

Additionally, the new Golf R is packed with lightweight technology to bring its weight to around 2,645 lbs. Despite having even more performance than its predecessor, the new Golf R will have better fuel economy.

The new Golf R is rumored to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, with sales commencing in early 2014.

[Source: Autocar UK]

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