2014 Volkswagen Golf R: Power And Specs Revealed For New Hot Hatch

TMR Team | Aug 21, 2013


Volkswagen's new 2014 Golf R has surfaced online today, confirming speculation that the new hot hatch will again share its powerplant with Audi's S3 performer.

The images released today also offer the first official look at the hatch spied frequently in recent months, revealing the Golf R's unique front bumper design.

As with the outgoing Golf R, little else about this new model's styling has changed from the new GTI. There's the familiar gloss black grille and new wheel designs, while the rear end sees the exhaust tips returned to the corners.

But enough with style, what is the new Golf R packing under its blue skin? Volkswagen has confirmed a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine for the new model.

As it does in the Audi S3, the turbo engine produces 221kW and 380Nm of torque, although Australia's hotter climate means we'll see that power figure reduced to 206kW.

By comparison, the outgoing Golf R in Australia offers 188kW and 330Nm torque - so, while the de-tuning will sting fans, an increase to 206kW should please many. (And those willing to void warranties won't find it hard to extract more... - Ed.)

The power boost also brings a decent leap in performance, with the new model promising a 0-100km/h time of 5.3 seconds in manual form, and a sharp 4.9 seconds with the six-speed DSG auto.

That again compares favourably to the outgoing model, which lists 5.9 and 5.7 seconds respectively.

Helping the R get there - and through corners - is the latest Haldex all-wheel-drive system, with four Electronic Differential Locks (EDS) XDS+ electronic differentials at each axle.

And, like all of the new Golf 7 models, a lighter kerb weight than its predecessor. Fuel consumption is also improved, dropping to 6.9 l/100km with the DSG, compared to 8.7 in the current model.

Watch for the new Golf R to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with an Australian debut likely to occur early in 2014.

Above: the current Golf R.
Above: the current Golf R.

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  • Jonty says,
    2 years ago
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    The car and its specs look good, minus those alloys...yuk. Impressive features and performance make this a good package. Wonder if the price will drop given that the S3 has seen its price cut.
  • Lindsay says,
    2 years ago
    "Australia's hotter climate means we'll see that power figure reduced to 206kW."

    So we can expect the full 221kW in Canberra then?
    • ray says,
      2 years ago
      No !! that's what detuned means but like they said you can retune to higher output and void your warranty smile which is exactly what they will all do and then cry when they may or maynot develop problems and then blame it on VW (ahh the never ending cycle of people who think they know better)
      • Lindsay says,
        2 years ago
        It was a joke.
    • simon says,
      2 years ago
      it has nothing to do with temperature, what they dont like people knowing about is the sulphur content of Australian fuels which is about 10-20 times worse than the rest of the world
  • Rob says,
    2 years ago
    It gets hot here in Oz, but there are in fact hotter places on the planet. Would be interesting to find out if the R has been detuned in places like Florida, Southern Texas or Saudi Arabia.
    I know for a fact that it has NOT been detuned in South Africa, in spite of that country having an almost identical climate to here.
    Anyone care to comment?
    • jeffP says,
      2 years ago
      But here in OZ 'we' will put a trailer that is 2x the cars rating on it and tow up the Newel Hyw at 120 Km/h in 45 DegC heat. 'We' also don't look at our temp gauge... The same reason Toyota OZ derated the new Rav from 1800Kg to 1000Kg towing.
  • Michael says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Exactly what Simon said above, it has nothing to do with temperature, Australian fuel is one of the worst in the world especially for a first world country. Not only is it easier to blame the hot weather but its save the fuel company's billions not having to produce better quality fuel.
  • thomas says,
    2 years ago
    Why drop the power for Australia? Ford focus st has more wrx has more so does bmw, Mercedes !! Volswagen are away lagen behind they should be up around 225 to 250 kw by now! smile
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