Seen from the front, the new bumper differs from the normal Golf and GTI. It resembles the recently refreshed Arteon R and Tiguan R models, although this is to be expected. New 19-inch wheels, bigger brakes, lower suspension (20mm) and side wheels are on the list of differences in profile. Silver mirror caps were installed, reminding us of the legendary Golf R32.
Things get a little more vibrant at the back, where the dual-layer trunk diffuser and quad exhaust ends tell you this is a quick one. Optionally, the Akrapovic exhaust can be installed, just like on the previous model.
The interior is familiar but new, like an old friend who has gone to programming and is doing well. Normal Golf̵7;s twin screens have been tuned with characteristic R graphics. The steering wheel is different from the GTI, and so is the leather upholstery of the seats.
But you probably didn’t come here to read about the blue accent lighting or contrasting stitching. The new 2.0 TSI four-cylinder turbo is the key here. This is the same engine they put on the Arteon R models, making 315 hp (319 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. If these numbers are kept the same for the US market, it means a 27 hp and 30 lb-ft (41 Nm) improvement.
Like before, the Golf R will be available with both a 6-speed manual and a DSG automatic, the latter being able to hit 62 mph (100km / h) in 4.7 seconds. The good news is AWD the system is “smarter”, which we saw in preview with the Tiguan R.
Volkswagen’s latest system features torque vectoring technology, which makes the Golf R significantly more “agile”. In addition to the old driving modes (Comfort, Sports, Racing, and Personal), the selection includes the Racing mode, developed at the Nurburgring and the Drift mode, which will make it a steamer leading in the 300 hp AWD segment