The launch of a new Volkswagen Golf is never a small thing, and things are already looking up for the subcompact hatchback after it was named 2013 World Car of the Year. While we've already seen the base and GTI versions of the next-generation Golf, now we're getting our first look at the sportier Golf R.

Although this prototype wears GTI lettering on the front fenders, it's more than just the roll cage and Sparco racing seat hinting that this is something a little more serious. Unlike the Golf and GTI, this car shows that the Golf R will continue to flaunt massive air intakes on each side of the fascia, and the rear of the car (though it's hard to see) has quadruple exhaust outlets. We still don't have an official word on power, but rumors indicate that the next Golf R could be pushing close to 300 horsepower, making it the most powerful production Golf ever. As much fun as we had during our first drive of the Golf R Cabriolet in the cold, snowy French Riviera last month, more power is a warming idea.


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      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      My roommate in college had a 15 year old Civic hatchback. It looked exactly like this from side.
        D E S I G N
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        a civic will never look as good as a golf, check again, maybe you were looking at a golf.
      Terry Actill
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably come in at over $45K and sell about a dozen a year.
        Trevor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Sold nearly 4000 last year, so there goes that theory m)ron.
        Quen47
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Terry Actill
        @ Topher It's a niche model. If sales volume is your main metric for goodness then you obviously drive a Camry and listen to Justin Beiber.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawn. It put me to sleep
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am wondering why the current gen Golf R gives suck a low mpg (19/27), despite a small turbo engine. Not that I am surprised by this number.
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im sure all the readers will disagree, to me, its plain and boring. Not even a head turner in the least. Its overall shape is dull and simple. Nothing exciting goes on between the quarter panels. Its probably the most forgettable "looking" hatch on the market. Totally dull.
        lazybeans
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scooter
        what? the R32 has always been one of the coolest looking cars out there, inside and outside.
          Scooter
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lazybeans
          Why because its fast? It looks like a 90s Honda Civic 5door.
        D E S I G N
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scooter
        It's a car, not a circus ride. You dont want all sorts of sweeping lines and crazy shapes on a car. A car like that may grab your attention, but soon enough you'll get sick of it. A clean design with subtle changes will always be more inviting to look at. Think of a suit, imagine if it was all out of proportion and asymmetrical. I doubt you'd want to wear it, unless you were drunk or trying to get attention.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @D E S I G N
          Some people don't want to wear the same navy blue suit every day of their lives. Some people don't want to wear a suit at all -- or maybe just some of the time. Sometimes people who do wear the same suit pair it with a different tie. There's nothing wrong with trying new designs every now and then -- something that VW and Audi currently seem rather opposed to.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scooter
        Totally agree. This design is no more intriguing than what they've been making for 10+ years.
        Brennok
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scooter
        I somewhat agree. I wish VW would do more to differentiate the models. It is obvious to those who know VWs, but I wish it was a little more obvious to the casual observer.
      CTK
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel like I could write a program to generate new automotive press releases. Well, maybe I couldn't write the program but I could conceptualize it. The next gen (car make and model) returns with (last version's HP x 1.05) horsepower and (last version's TQ x 1.10) lb ft of torque. (Car company) has done extensive testing on the Nurburgring, developing the car's dynamics through suspension tuning and the introduction of new technologies such as (assorted acronym soup). Wheelbase has grown by (1-2) inches, increasing stability and rear passenger leg room. Of course, with this growth in size comes a weight increase, but the manufacturer claims said gains are no more than 150-200lb per model, and with the increases in horsepower performance remains unaffected. "We really went back to the drawing board dynamically. Even though this car retains some of the old platform (read: engine, body in white w/visual changes, suspension), the differences are apparent the moment you set off. We wanted to capture the essence of the original (which could comfortably park in this car's cargo area) while providing the performance and comfort expected by modern customers" - some head engineer from company X Gains in efficiency come from engine tuning, with a (2-4) mpg bump and reduced emissions in anticipation of Euro X requirements, which will allow no more than 30g/km in CO2 emissions. This was achieved by a more comprehensive start-stop technology, which turns off the engine completely during coasting and downhill driving. The (current year + 2 make and model) is set to debut at (some auto show at least 1 year away).
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CTK
        That is funny and true for most cars but this mkVII is a whole new platform. Supposedly it shed around 200 lbs. It helps when somebody can be bothered to read even just one article about a vehicle before they start shooting their mouth off. Dumbass.
        Julio Arreaga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CTK
        you sir are funny. thank you for that.
        CTK
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CTK
        Re: this, I am totally underwhelmed.
        Topher.Mctopherton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CTK
        +\- 1-5 upvotes with a margin of error of 1-5. ;)
      Haelphadreous
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am surprised people are not more excited for this one, I have a 2011 Gti and I am eyeballing the new R with more than a little lust. The new S3 should be nearly mechanically identical and it's packing 296 hp, and far more importantly a 0~60 that is Audi rated at 4.7 seconds. Volkswagen Auto Group is usually pretty conservative with those numbers so I expect that the new Golf R and S3 will be plenty fast.
        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Haelphadreous
        I dunno. I like it and I love the AWD system in the current one. I'd never spend the money for one though. Not that it isn't a fantastic car. There's just too many other options.
        Brennok
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Haelphadreous
        I am cautiously optimistic. I won't get excited until I hear they are offering the DSG as an option.
      RS
      • 2 Years Ago
      The original MKIV R32 is still the Golf 'R' series' benchmark for driver involvement and enjoyment. If you own and drive one, then you'll likely appreciate the overall package for what it is; namely a great 'all-arounder'. Personally, I'd like to see this new one get back some of the edginess that had been missing in the last two versions, but I am not sure if that is even realistic nowadays.
      Dasteknoviking
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny how similar transverse layout Evo is a real awd... Yet Haldex which is used on many different cars around the world is not. Sorry Evo's awd isn't anything fancy. Mitsubishi threw all it had on the suspension tuning and forgot that it will be a street car at one point. VW makes the total package work, it's a civilized hatch which offers a functional high grade interior. And please stop bringing up reliability into the question, when Evo came out There where bunch of them sitting around with blown clutches or transfer cases. Dealers would tell people you bought a race car and no warranty on many components. Buddy just smoked a clutch in a moded Golf R and vw replaced it under warranty with no questions asked.
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