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Hot Volkswagen Golf R for 2014

By raccars Published

VW has announced a new range topper for the latest incarnation of the Golf: a 296bhp 'R' version due to be released next year and available as a three or five door variant. It's set to be the fastest version of the Golf so far.

The turbocharged four cylinder 2.0 litre petrol unit distributes its power via six-speed manual or DSG automatic transmissions, zooming it from 0-62mph in 5.3 or 4.9 seconds, respectively, on the way to an electronically limited 155mph top speed. Although it's more powerful than the incumbent Golf R, it's also more efficient, with CO2 emissions of 159g/km or 165g/km. Fuel consumption in manual guise is 39.8mpg.

The new R can be distinguished by some funky styling, such as a broad front bumper grille with air intakes at each end, longer skirts down each flank and a bold diffuser at the rear, housing a couple of chromed twin exhaust exits. Standard wheels are 18 inch alloys, with the option of 19 inchers and there are R logos all over the place.

The new VW Golf R rides 5mm lower than the Gti and 20mm lower than the standard model and is armed with the Gti's progressive steering, 20% more responsive than the usual set up.

The Haldex 4MOTION adaptive four wheel drive can direct the majority of power towards the rear for added traction if necessary and uses the Gti's XDS+ torque vectoring system to correct understeer on fast corners by braking the front inside wheel.

Buyers get the Gti's option of a dynamic chassis control with its integrated adaptive suspension and an added driving dynamic profile, 'Race', for stiffened damping and faster throttle response. Helpfully, there's also a rather large set of ventilated disc brakes.

The cabin largely resembles the standard Golf's, tarted up with a three spoke steering wheel and some carbon coloured trim elements, including liberal R branding again. Standard upholstery is partly Alcantara, with Nappa leather available as an option.

Order books for the new R will open later this year, with the deliveries commencing in spring next year. UK prices have yet to be announced but the German version will cost €38,325 for a three door manual, or about £33,000. Expect a DSG automatic with five doors to edge in just under £35,000, which would put it at almost £3,000 cheaper than a Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.

This fourth version of the Golf R will be making an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

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