Volkswagen has launched the new VW Golf R at Frankfurt, with 265bhp and four wheel drive.
Update 31/10/09: VW Golf R UK Detail now released.
We reported yesterday on much of the detail on the new Golf R, but the Golf is such a big deal for so many that we thought we ought to re-iterate, throw in a few pictures of the Golf R on the floor at Frankfurt and re-cap on the goodies on offer.
The Golf R gets the same powerplant as the Scirocco R, but it also adds Volkswagen’s 4Motion AWD to the mix. The 4-pot, 2.0 litre, 265bhp engine delivers some pretty impressive figures. O-60 mph is just 5.5 seconds (less with the DSG ‘box) and it still manages to average 33.2 mpg.
The 4Motion system fitted to the Golf R uses a pre-charged hydraulic system which reacts more quickly than the system fitted to the old R32 and reduces torque steer significantly. The suspension has been lowered by 25mm with revised springs and damper rates and new anti-roll bars. The steering has been tweaked to make it sharper and the ESP gets a track mode.
Styling changes include new front and rear bumpers, LED running lights and a gloss black diffuser which houses a pair of exhausts, Xenons, a black grill and mirrors, a set of sill extensions and 18″ alloys complete the exterior.
The interior gets aluminium ‘R’ kick plates, new Alcantara covered seats, gloss black highlights and electric blue needles on the instruments.
The new VW Golf R is due to arrive before the end of the year in the UK, and VW has promised us pricing detail by then.