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27 Feb 2014

Volkswagen has revealed the new Mk7 Golf R ahead of the public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. With a significant power hike, this new R is the fastest Golf yet.

VW have upped the levels by taking the Golf GTi’s 2.0 litre turbocharged TSi engine and significantly upgrading it with a new cylinder head, pistons, high pressure ignition valves and a larger turbo. The results are an impressive 296 bhp and 280 lb/ft or torque. That’s still down on the BMW M135i (316 bhp) and the Mercedes A45 AMG (355 bhp) but it still provides ample performance. 0 – 62 mph comes up in  5.3 seconds (4.9 seconds with the DSG transmission) on the way to a limited top speed of 155 mph. Power is sent through all four wheels via a six speed manual or the optional six speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

Visually the Golf R gets the usual R treatment of aggressive yet understated styling. The front bumper is wider at the bottom, with larger air intakes at the sides, while a chrome finishing strip runs along the bottom edge and across the bottom of the grille. At the rear there is a faux diffuser with four exhaust pipes. We think a car needs more than four cylinders to have four pipes, usually 8 should be the minimum, so VW have gone a bit overboard here. There are darker rear lights and the car rides 5mm lower than the GTi on 18- or optional 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Golf R goes on sale in early 2014 with prices starting at under £30,000 for the manual gearbox equipped three door Golf R. This does put it dangerously close to the BMW M135i on price and power, which has been lauded as the best handling hatch of recent times. Most magazines still place it ahead of the more powerful A45 AMG, so it will certainly be interesting to see how the Golf R fits into the new hierarchy of super hatchbacks.