turbocharged 4 cylinder
manual or semi auto, 4WD
(with DSG transmission)
@ 6,000 rpm
The volkswagen Golf R which was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt
Motor Show was introduced as the "fastest-accelerating
Golf ever produced", and with a 0-60 mph time of a
mere 5.5 seconds with the DSG gearbox the numbers speak for
Powering the Golf R is the same turbocharged, 2.0 litre 4-cylinder
engine from the Scirocco R. This engine manages to procure 265
horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm.
It does all this while also offering 33.2 mpg (combined cycle),
and CO2 emissions of 199g/km. So not only is the Golf R more
powerful than the outgoing R32, it's also more efficient.
345 mm diameter front brake discs (rear: 310 mm) and upgraded
callipers are complimented by uprated suspension thats
been lowered by 25 mm with revised spring and damper rates and
new anti-roll bars. The Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP)
has also been revised for the Golf R with two stages designed
for track use. Finally, the electro-mechanical power steering
system has been tweaked to sharpen responses.
Unlike the four-wheel drive system fitted to the Golf R32 that
relied on differing wheel speeds between the front and rear
axles to engage the four-wheel drive, the system fitted to the
Golf R uses a pre-charged hydraulic system thats able
to react more quickly while also limiting the torque being channelled
through either axle to reduce wheelspin. In extreme cases up
to 100 per cent of the torque can be channelled to the rear
wheels if required.
Visually the VW Golf R is set apart from the standard Golf and
GTI models thanks to new front and rear bumpers with integrated
LED running lights up front, and a gloss black diffuser at the
rear which houses the twin tailpipes. A set of Xenon headlights,
new black grille and wing mirrors, new sideskirts and unique
18" (19" optional) alloy wheels complete the exterior
The interior of the Golf R has also had some special treatment.
A set of aluminium kick plates are equipped with the 'R' logo,
and the sports seats are finished in grey Alcantara suede and
high-grip black mesh cloth. The interior also features gloss
black highlights on the dash and door inserts, while the blue
needles on the speedometer and tachomter are also unique to
the Golf R.
Similar and related vehicles:
Volkswagen Scirocco R