Here we have spy shots of the 2014 Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R, the high-flying variant of the hatchback mainstay that will change the way things are done in the Golf world. Built on Volkswagen's next-generation MQB chassis, officials say the 2014 Golf will be about 150 pounds lighter than the current model.

The present Golf R makes 256 horsepower from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but with 260 horsepower expected in the next GTI, the Golf R will certainly push the bar higher. The question is, how will the bar be pushed? Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter, Executive Director of VW's R division, told us last year that "The future is diesel and all-wheel-drive," so if there's an oil-burner under the hood, don't be surprised. Either way, power will get to all four wheels via six-speed manual or a dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

Even the snakeskin camo on this Volkswagen prototype can't hide the dual character lines down the sides of the car, but otherwise, the design is still a surprise. An intercooler and radar for apaptive cruise control have been spotted, and remarkably low profile tires, larger brakes and quad pipes make no secret of what this car will be for. Have a closer look in our high-res gallery above.


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      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like evolution not revolution - which has been the motto for the Golf line for decades. Looks like they are going to have the very fashionable cut-line visible hood and some more definition and character lines running down the side of the car. LED headlight jewelery - checked! Hopefully we'll get the Euro version undiluted by Jetta cost cutting.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        We will. VW has already committed to keeping the US Golf free of the cost-cutting that the Jetta and Passat recieved.
        mookieblaylock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        in 5 years
      berto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs bigger wheels. (sarcasm)
      pontoppidanpete
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to german auto bild, The Golft R will get 290 hp from the 2.0 TFSI engine, And later there will also be a Golf RS with the 5 cylinder 2.5 L. turbo offering 375 horsepower.
        whatever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pontoppidanpete
        So...more HP than the current TT-RS? Hmmm.
      Ezekiel Beast
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm quite certain that those "dual character lines" are only there to confuse - that upper bulge that runs across the door handles is more camo-cladding underneath the patterned vinyl.
      robespierex
      • 2 Years Ago
      I honestly don't think this car needs much more horsepower... of course there's never enough even if you have 600. The biggest single improvement this car would benefit from most, in my opinion, is a smoother manual transmission. I own a 2012 GTI with manual trans and I had to re-adjust my driving technique compared to the Audi and Mazda shifters I was used to.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find the current generation truly boring to drive. Heavy and not particualary quick in either the DSG or the manual. Totally over rated. There are more fun "sporty" cars out there for this price and less. The interior may be one of the better out there, but it's not that great and I'm not gonna be spending all my time feeling-up the dash plastics, which will undoubtedly suffer the same fate as the Jetta's interior come the new Golf/GTI.
        mookieblaylock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dohc73
        i love my mkv, and there is no compelling reason to upgrade. Those more fun cars have less refinement and i have no interest in that
      montoym
      • 2 Years Ago
      While the odds of it coming here (as an AWD with diesel) are slim, I'd definitely be in line for one. I've been waiting for VW to offer a car with TDI and AWD and they just won't do it. I thought maybe once they offered the TDI in the A3 that maybe it would happen but no, FWD only. If this car comes here as a TDI with AWD, I'll add my name to the list for sure. I'd settle for a non-sporty AWD TDI car as well, but if all they want to give us is a sportier version, I'll gladly take that too. I definitely understand that I'm in the minority here, but a boy can dream can't he?
        mr.vw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @montoym
        The mk7 is coming out Mexico and Vw is planning to cut corners
          mr.vw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mr.vw
          I was just saying the mk6 series is the last of the European built golf for the US and VW is going to cheapen the crap out the north americian/Mexico built. I'm actually not excited to see it just because I know it's fate... elantra anyone?
      ngiotta
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure this car would have abysmal sales in the USA if it has a diesel under the hood. Everyone knows diesels come in regular hatches for fuel economy. Hot hatches always get the petrol engine.
      Proghog
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope the new R keeps the gas engine and that they bring the GTD to the US.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Guys, I thought of something. With the GTi moving up to compete with the same hot hatches that the Golf R currently competes with (MS3, WRX, ST), I'm not sure if a 300 hp-plus version of the Golf would really be feasible. I thought of omething. Maybe, to fill in the gap in the Evo/STi competitor field, obviously where the next R would compete, VW group can make a new Quattro to compete with the Evo and STi. It would be awesome-one of the pioneers of AWD rally cars comes back to whoop some ass. So, I'm dreaming up the specifications, and this is what I came up with. Longitudinal front engine, permanent Quattro 4wd with Torsen center differential. Helical LSD front, Clutch LSD rear. 2.5 inline 5 with twin scroll turbo. 300 hp. 0-60 of around 4.5 seconds. No more than 3200 pounds for the base model w/ 6 MT. Stripper model with crank windows, no stereo, no sound deadening, no power anything for $35k. Midrange model at $40 k. has features most base Audis have Top end model with leather, navigation, power everything, some sort of touchscreen interface for $45 k. Does anyone like my idea?
        ablogreadr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        great idea but unlikely to get the green light as such a car already wears an audi badge.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ablogreadr
          Which one?
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ablogreadr
          Oh. I reread my post. You must have thought that I was asking the VW brand to produce such a car. I worded my post poorly.
        mookieblaylock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        stupid. They already make an rs3 with the 2.5t and it's east west with haldex and the schmucks won't sell it here but you can get a fembot tt with the 2.5 but it's tiny and stupid looking and costs 60k. Best hope now for a hipo small euro car w/ 4x4 is a potential 135 w/ x drive in a sport model, and they won't sell it here
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        And also, it would be nice if VW's buttery-smooth V6's returns to the VW compact car range. I've had an R32 and a V6 Jetta wagon in the past, and I liked the uniqueness, sound, and smoothness of the V6s vs. the regular 4 cylinders of most small cars. It would be nice if VW stuffed the 3.6 liter VR6, with 280 hp, into the Jetta (they've already put a 3.2 into the Golf, so why not?) and added 4motion AWD. Put in the GLI's upscale plastics. Priced at $28 k. It could serve as an alternative to those who don't want the higher price or bigger size of the Passat VR6. It would also serve as a bridgeway, both pricewise, and both technical-wise, between the new GTi and the proposed quattro. $25 k GTi $28 k Jetta VR6 $30 k Passat VR6 $35 k Audi Quattro. What do you guys think?
          FuelToTheFire
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Ehhh. Not so much. There really isn't much reason to put in a big-ass V6 when a turbo 4 will do the job perfectly fine, and much more efficiently. Like it or not, a V6 in a compact is just a recipe for excessive weight, understeer ( so much weight over the front engine in a FWD car), and understeer (inevitable without a fulltime AWD system,or a RWD layout, in a high hp car.") There is a reason why V6s aren't commonplace in compacts, and even midsizes, anymore.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          The 3.6L is a much larger engine than the 3.2, It's not just a bore and stroke of the same block. The 3.6L has a narrower vee angle than the 3.2L (10.6 degree vs. 15 degree). This results in a taller engine than the 3.2 (or 2.8) which won't fit as easily into a Golf-sized engine bay. That said I do miss the sound and power of the VR6's (I badly want to bring one back into my garage), but I just don't see it happeneing.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I like your idea. It has the exact specs to compete with an STi. And an STi competitor is one thing which we need more of in this world. Now if the Germans would stop being stupid and put your idea into production.....
      desf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I highly doubt it it will be a diesel. Outoput must be higher than current one, this leave us only with 3.0 BiTDI with 313hp. Which is a)proably too big to fit under the bonnet b)even if it did, impact on handling would be profound
      azamali01
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like more jetta and passat headlamps and taillights.
        Phontsolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @azamali01
        And what's wrong with that? VW and Audi are creating some of the best looking headlights and taillights that have ever been seen.
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