The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf hasn't launched in the United States just yet, but we're already setting our sights on the range-topping R model. According to Autocar, the next Golf R will be more powerful than the current version, producing 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful production Golf ever.

Powering the new Golf R will be a further evolution of Volkswagen's well-liked 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, and when mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, the hotter hatch will reportedly be able to sprint to 62 miles per hour in five seconds flat. That's over half a second quicker than the current US-spec model.

Other updates for the new Golf R include the addition of VW's Haldex 5 all-wheel-drive system found in the latest iteration of 4Motion. Furthermore, thanks to the use of lightweight materials, the new R is expected to weigh in around 2,650 pounds – that's a massive 675 pounds less than the current US-spec car. The exhaust has reportedly been reworked to provide more aural delight, as well.

Herein lies the rub, though: It's unclear whether or not Volkswagen will offer this same power upgrade in the States. After all, the current US-spec Golf R is rated at 256 hp and 243 lb-ft while its Euro counterpart produces 270 hp and 258 lb-ft. What's more, European versions can be had with the delicious six-speed DSG, whereas US models are only available with the six-speed manual 'box. Volkswagen's US arm tells Autoblog that since the car is still so far off, "there is no final decision" on whether our car will be identical to the Euro model.

Autocar reports that the Euro-spec Golf R will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, with the first cars hitting the streets of Europe in early 2014.


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      whatever
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get this, rumors are also saying - no joke - that the next R will get 40mpg! AWD, 268hp, 2,650lbs and 40mpg! Well, we've done it. No more cars need to be made, great job humans.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      268 or 286 - what is the correct answer?
        cdwrx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        You think they'd be more consistent when reporting hearsay.
        ChrisD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        The US-spec Golf R was rated lower than the euro-spec car but both APR and REVO dyno verified that both motors where putting out the same amount of power.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is no way it lost 675lbs. Here is what i think happened to this article about a 286...i mean 268 hp car. VW probably said the car lost 306lbs, someone assumed it was 306kg and used a google converter to get 675lbs. Cause if that car actually weighed 2650lbs then the article would be titled "Next volkswagen golf R to weigh 2560lbs!!!"
        RudyH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bonehead
        Actually....this is reasonable... 306 lbs drop which would put it in line with the S3 hatchback in Europe
      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the car supposedly drops more than a quarter of a ton and the big news is an increase of 18 hp???
      cjv998
      • 1 Year Ago
      Agree with the other posters. That weight of 2650 lbs is optimistic at best, especially with AWD and all the electronics VW tends to use. The MkVII is a couple hundred pounds lighter than the current model, but I really don't see how VW expects to shed roughly 700 lbs from the current Golf R (the US spec Golf R weighs 3350-3400 lbs). I could see 300 lbs being trimmed back, but there's no way it will weigh much less than 3000 lbs. Don't get me wrong, that would be awesome, but it just won't happen.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      I question the 650lb drop in weight but the hp/torque increase with the same 200lb weight drop in the upcoming Gen VII will see reduced 0-60 and mid range acceleration times in this model. The next S3 is rumored to have 300hp with the 2.0 turbo so maybe Audi can justify a sedan S3 to be offered in North America?. :)
        kcroc10077
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        From what I hear the U.S. is getting the sedan and five door hatch S3.
          mookieblaylock
          • 1 Year Ago
          @kcroc10077
          just the sedan in s3, still undisclosed eco drivetrain for hatch-deisil or hybrid frontrack .
      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, don't get your hopes up, folks. There's no way in hell the next R will weigh anywhere near 2,700 lbs. This is when critical thinking skills are nice to have. Which is more likely: VW will 700 lbs off of a car that is already considered a compact, or; Autoblog jumped the gun and made a serious typo?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      675 pounds less is quite an achievement if true.
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      In your review of the 7th gen TDI, you said it weighed 3050 lbs in FWD guise. You're telling me that with a slightly heavier engine (the TDI engine is surprisingly light) and AWD it's going to be 400 lbs lighter? Are they making half of it out of carbon fiber? While I would be absolutely in love with a 2600 lb AWD turbo hot hatch, it's not happening. Not unless it's going to be ridiculously expensive. I might believe they'll get to 2900 lbs, but 2650? Lol, no. All that being said, even if it ends up at 3000 lbs, it'll be an impressive little car. Here's hoping they bring the price down a little. I love the current car, but it is overpriced.
      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      No chance in hell the weight comes in at 2650 lbs
      RudyH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Steven were you mashing the keyboard again? Headline says 286 horsepower, body says 268 hp. Do you mean then weight is 67.5 lbs less vs 675 lbs?
      warriorxt6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not sure I want to believe this will be 2650lbs. Simply because I don't want to be let down. Seriously - an economical, practical hatch with 4wd, tons of power AND agility? Can the formula be any better for a daily driver? 2650 is unbelievable. It would be disruptive if true.
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