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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2017
Internal name:Type 5G
Source:Company press release
Last updated:August 06, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTraditionally, the Golf R has always been the most powerful model of the model series. Always engineered with all-wheel drive (4MOTION), and always equipped very exclusively. It all began 15 years ago with the original model of this series: the Golf R32. The Golf Mk 4 presented in 2002 with 177 kW/241 PS was, by the way, the first Volkswagen in the world to be offered with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG) as an option. Three generations later, the power output of the sports car now known as the Golf R had grown to 300 PS. In 2017, the current design and technology update of the Golf R boosts this power output to 228 kW/310 PS (between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm); never before has a production Golf been more powerful; never before could a production Golf accelerate faster; and never before has a Golf competed so convincingly with far more expensive sports cars. As an option, its performance can be accentuated by the acoustics of a newly developed sport exhaust system from the Slovenian specialist Akrapovic.

Up to 2014, the Golf R was exclusively available as a two- or four-door hatchback. In 2015, Volkswagen changed all of this and also launched an estate version of the top Golf model. The new 310 PS Golf developed by Volkswagen R is also available in three different body versions today. Their top speed is electronically governed to 250 km/h. However, this limit can be removed with the optional 'Performance package' that will be available starting this fall. With this package, the top speed is increased to 267 km/h or 270 km/h (Variant). The two- and four-door car with a manual gearbox rockets to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds; with the optional DSG, it accomplishes this in an even swifter 4.6 seconds. This gain in dynamics is not only attributable to the new and extremely fast-shifting 7-speed DSG, and the standard Launch Control feature of this model; rather, it is also due to the overall high engine output. That is because the DSG versions offer a maximum torque of 400 Nm (between 2,000 and 5,400 rpm) instead of 380 Nm. The Golf R Variant, which is equipped with DSG as standard, reaches the 100 km/h mark in 4.8 seconds. Experienced drivers who take the new Golf R and Golf R Variant onto a race track can tune the car's performance to this use by using the Race Mode driving profile, which has been added compared with other Golf models, and deactivating ESC (ESC off). The fact that all Golf R cars can be driven fuel-efficiently despite their impressive power output is attributable to the efficiency of today's turbocharged, direct fuel injection four-cylinder engine. The combined NEDC fuel consumption of the Golf R with a manual gearbox is 7.9 l/100 km. With DSG this figure drops to 7.0 l/100 km (four-door: 7.1 l/100 km), and in the Golf Variant R it is 7.2 l/100 km.

The newly designed bumpers, LED headlights and LED tail lights create a design that takes on an even more dynamic look. The tailpipes were placed further out to the sides; this gives the car a wider appearance. At its sides, the Golf R has upgraded exterior mirror caps in Chrome Matt or optionally in Gloss Black or Carbon and various 18- and 19- inch wheel choices. New here are the optional "Spielberg" 19-inch alloy wheels in Black with a high-gloss finish.

As in all new Golf cars, the new infotainment systems, such as the 9.2-inch Discover Pro with gesture control and the digital Active Info Display, are also available in the R models. The systems have a look that has been specifically adapted to the Golf R. In the Sport profile, the 'Sport HMI' of the infotainment system on the centre console shows current engine parameters such as charge pressure or current power demand. The g-Meter also visualises g forces.

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