2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R front 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R rear 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R front 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R rear 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R side view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R front view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R rear view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R front 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R front 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R rear 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R front 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R rear 3/4 view

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R grille

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R grille

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R logo

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R badge

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R headlight

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R lower grille

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R wheel

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R wheel detail

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R brake caliper

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R taillight

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R logo

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R badge

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R exhaust tips

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R engine

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R engine

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R engine

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R engine detail

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R engine detail

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R engine detail

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R interior

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R interior

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R interior

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R front seats

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R front seats

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R seat detail

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R steering wheel

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R steering wheel controls

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R steering wheel controls

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R steering wheel detail

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R steering wheel detail

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R gauges

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R tachometer

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R speedometer

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R speedometer

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R start button

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R instrument panel

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R audio system display

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R audio system display

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R navigation system

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R navigation system

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R climate controls

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R shifter

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R shifter

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R traction control button

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R dash trim

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R sill plate

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R rear seats

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R
  • 2012 Volkswagen Golf R rear cargo area

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.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • From Our Partners

    Share This Photo X