All-new Volkswagen Golf R compact flagship debuts

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off of their uber-performance compact, the Golf R. The Golf R is the top-of-the-heap VW "hot hatch" (3-door and 5-door) with almost 300 hp, Quattro all-wheel drive, DSG dual-clutch automanual, and much more. Expect to hit 60 mph from a standstill in about 5 seconds. Being the "heap topper." the Golf R comes well-equipped with leather trim and alcantara-esque sports seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and pretty much the good stuff you'd expect. The VW R models aren't cheap, but they are fully-equipped and are excellent all-around performers. The first press release is a bit of a tease, talking about all the Golf goodness that is available since we haven't ween any of it in the US and at this point the new Golf R isn't a sure thing for the US market. But here it is in all of its official glory. If you'd like to see the new 2015 (probably) Golf R in the US, let the good folks at Volkswagen know. For more info, check out the two press releases after the "read more" jump. Stay tuned...

Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the jump

Press Release:
Golf R – the new Flagship

  • Power of the Golf R increased to 300 PS
  • Fuel consumption with DSG reduced to 6.9 litres per 100 km
It is the year of the Golf. The first six months of 2013 have already seen the debuts of the new Golf GTI, Golf GTD, Golf Estate and Golf TDI BlueMotion. Now, Volkswagen is continuing its Golf product offensive with the flagship of the model series – the new Golf R.

The sports car is powered by a newly designed 300 PS TSI (221 kW), which is 30 PS stronger but up to 18 per cent more fuel efficient than that in the previous model. Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers its turbocharged engine power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system; in this case, it is the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.

Delivering pure dynamic performance are a newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20 mm), the new progressive steering system and "ESC Sport" – which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track. Optional highlights include the further developed DCC dynamic chassis control system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode.

The Golf R with a manual gearbox reaches 100 km/h after just 5.1 seconds (previous model: 5.7 s); with an automatic dual clutch gearbox (DSG) the sports car completes the classic sprint in an even faster 4.9 seconds. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Despite the car's exceptionally agile driving performance and 30 PS more power, fuel consumption of the Golf R was reduced from 8.5 to 7.1 l/100 km compared to that of the previous model.

CO2 emissions were also improved from 199 to 165 g/km. Even more fuel efficient is the Golf R that is equipped with a Stop-Start system and battery regeneration, together with the optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). In this configuration, fuel consumption is 6.9 l/100 km (159 g/km CO2). Fuel savings compared to the previous model with DSG (8.4 l/100 km) are 1.5 l/100 km, which represents the mentioned 18 per cent improvement.

The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of customised and exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side sills and 18-inch alloy wheels, the Golf R can also be visually distinguished as an impressive sports car by details such as standard bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-U design), dark red LED rear lights and two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes. Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats in a "fabric-Alcantara" material mix, leather-trimmed three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambience lighting, automatic climate control and a radio-CD system with touchscreen.The market launch of the most powerful and fuel-efficient Golf R as a two and four-door car will take place in the fourth quarter of this year.

Press Release:
Volkswagen R GmbH: Excellence centre for sporty and exclusive automobiles
  • Experts at Volkswagen R GmbH conceive fascination on wheels
  • Sportiness and sustainability are not at all incompatible
The company came into being in March 2010, evolving from the former Volkswagen Individual GmbH, which was founded in the spring of 2003. The company's main task is to drive forward and support making the Volkswagen models more emotional and dynamic. The products of Volkswagen R GmbH are currently offered in over 70 countries.

Volkswagen R GmbH – innovative performance range
The demand for vehicles that have been refined in the factory has been steadily growing. The wishes of motorists vary greatly: Many favour a more sporty exterior; others prefer an especially exclusive interior; and quite a few dream of a vehicle whose drive and chassis offers professional sportiness. Volkswagen R GmbH makes all these dreams come true with refined and/or power-enhanced performance models (“R” product brand) as well as with especially sporty and exclusive equipment packages and equipment levels (“R-Line” and “Volkswagen Exclusive”). In addition, Volkswagen R GmbH constitutes an important interface with Volkswagen Motorsport, something that can be seen, for instance, in the networking with the Scirocco R-Cup: Volkswagen R GmbH is the main sponsor of the most eco-friendly one-make cup in the world (up to 80 percent less CO2 thanks to bio natural gas as fuel). The production version of the Scirocco R serves as a starting point for the racing cars of the Cup.

The vehicles that are developed by Volkswagen R GmbH are as a rule not only sporty but also fuel-efficient. For the CEO of Volkswagen R GmbH, Ulrich Riestenpatt gt. Richter, sportiness and sustainability are two parameters that are by no means mutually exclusive: “The programme of Volkswagen R GmbH banks on automotive fascination, sportiness and exclusiveness. And we do all that in harmony with the requirements of sustainability. The new Golf R illustrates this impressively. Despite a performance of 300 PS and permanent all-wheel drive, we have realised in the DSG version a combined fuel consumption of merely 6.9 litres. Thus the consumption was reduced by 18 percent in comparison to the predecessor that was already very fuel-efficient – and with 30 PS more in driving performance, to boot. That's palpable progress.” With the arrival of the new Golf R, the company is carrying forward the successful history of this vehicle. In addition, the company is working at full strength on developing more R models.

Soon, with the Golf Estate R-Line, the eleventh model with this equipment level will also be launched. So the R-Line exterior and interior packages can be ordered with most of the Volkswagen models.

The development of wheels and chassis constitutes another main focus of the company. Moreover, Volkswagen R GmbH transfers and extends the Exclusive lines into the entire model range. There are special models as well as special equipment packages. Thus Volkswagen R GmbH is represented with a broad range of offers, from the more sporty up to the very exclusive.

R models – sports cars for every day of the year
The “R” product brand stands for the sportiest Volkswagen. The R models feature an above-average driving dynamics and a powerful design. At present, the new Golf R (market launch in the fourth quarter of 2013; 221 kW / 300 PS), the Golf R Cabriolet and the Scirocco R (both 195 kW / 265 PS) as well as the street version of the Polo R WRC (162 kW / 220 PS), limited to 2,500 units, are in the programme as performance models of this legendary “R” series.

R-Line – sporty exterior and interior
The features of the R-Line package deliberately reveal their relationship to the powerful R models. Nonetheless, the focus here is less on performance enhancement but rather on the customisation of the equipment. Hence the R-Line packages can be combined with virtually every engine of the respective model range (petrol engines and diesels). The company is offering tailor-made R-Line exterior and interior packages in 2013 for the Polo, Golf, Beetle and the new Beetle Cabriolet, Scirocco, Tiguan, Passat and Passat Estate, the CC as well as the Touareg. The new Golf Estate with R-line options can be ordered as of the middle of next year.

Volkswagen Exclusive – customisation with style
The Volkswagen Exclusive equipment line, an independent equipment level that is specifically designed for each model, currently ensures a maximum of exclusiveness in ten Volkswagen vehicle ranges. Volkswagen R GmbH offers a level of refinement that cannot be found with other full-range providers in the first place. Hence the current Volkswagen Exclusive models as well as the equipment packages – the range extends from the Golf Cabriolet, Golf Estate, Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet, Scirocco, Tiguan, Eos, Passat and Passat Estate up to the Touareg model ranges – definitely have a special status in their respective segments. For the brand's flagship, the Phaeton, an entire programme of premium equipment features was developed under the Volkswagen Exclusive label.

R-Engineering – engineering services
It's a lesser-known fact that Volkswagen R GmbH, as partner of Research and Development through the R-Engineering Division, adopts various development services and designs commercial special vehicles like taxis and police vehicles, for instance, as well as solutions for people with a handicap.

Alloy wheels – sporty-exclusive wheels
In addition, Volkswagen R GmbH is very successfully developing larger alloy wheels. The largest alloy wheels with premium design for the respective Volkswagen models come from the Volkswagen R GmbH. The wheel range includes more than 35 alloy wheels at present.

Commitment to motor racing – at home on the race track

The successful networking with Motorsport is also reflected in the Scirocco R-Cup; Volkswagen R GmbH is the main sponsor of the most eco-friendly one-make cup in the world. The production version of the Scirocco R serves as a starting point for the racing cars of the Cup. The one-make cup will be held for the fourth time as part of the DTM in 2013. Furthermore, Volkswagen R GmbH takes part in the Polo R Cup India and the Golf Cup Poland. Special issues in the growing Chinese market are addressed with the Scirocco R Cup in China.

Since 2013, Volkswagen R GmbH has given impressive proof of its technological excellence with the Polo R WRC in the World Rally Championship. Volkswagen R GmbH is represented by logo placement at the Polo R WRC and is fully integrated into the marketing activities of Volkswagen brand.

TDI, TSI and DSG are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG or other companies of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and other countries.
Features and technical data apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries.
All performance data of the new Golf R cited in this press kit as well as fuel consumption and emissions values are forecast values as of August 2013.