VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R TEASED
The German giant is staying quiet on the details for now, but it has revealed one key hint: the number 300. Why, whatever could it mean?
You can leave your thinking cap on the hook, because we can likely expect that figure to represent the output of the Golf R's 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
The Golf R will again share the Audi S3's powered-up turbo engine, which in Europe offers 300PS (296hp/221kW) and 380Nm of torque.
In Australia, our country's hotter climate means the S3 has been de-tuned to 206kW - and we can expect the Golf R to churn out the same figures.
Thankfully, the S3's 380Nm torque figures remain unchanged for Australia, and the Golf R should keep the same twist.
Of course, the previous-generation S3 and Golf R models went through a similar de-tuning story, their European 195kW dropping to 188kW for the Australian market.
Away from the engine, watch for the new Golf R to get the latest Haldex all-wheel-drive system, six-speed manual and DSG automatic transmissions, and a noteably lighter kerb weight than its predecessor.
Reports also suggest the new R's exhaust will get a louder and more booming exhaust note, which should please fans of the Mk5 R32's grunty V6.
Watch for more details to come at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show.
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