2014 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R AUSTRALIA
Revealed in August last year, the new Golf R hits Australia this week with a $51,990 starting price - $7500 more than the manual GTI and $3500 beyond the auto-only GTI Performance.
As with its ‘lesser’ siblings (depending on who you ask), the new Golf R brings more power, more features, and a little extra cachet.
The new Golf R is again driven by a 2.0 litre turbocharged unit shared with its upmarket Audi S3 cousin.
As before, the European model offers more power - 221kW, this time - but in Australia, the S3 and this new Golf R both offer 206kW. Torque is also up, now rated at 380Nm.
By comparison, the outgoing Golf R offers 188kW and 330Nm, while the new GTI offers 162kW and 350Nm.
Mated again to an all-wheel-drive system, the powered-up turbo engine can be had with six-speed manual or automatic DSG transmissions.
In manual form, the R claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.2 seconds, and the DSG is quicker still at 5.0 seconds.
That again compares favourably to the outgoing model, which lists 5.9 and 5.7 seconds respectively.
Fuel consumption is listed at 7.3 l/100km with the manual model, and 7.1 l/100km with the DSG.
Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system is also featured, with power sent primarily to the front wheels in regular driving and the rear axle engaged as needed.
The company’s XDL system also figures at both axles, forming part of the electronic differential lock.
The new Golf R also gets a Driving Profile Selector, offering five program modes: Eco, Normal, Individual, Comfort and Race.
The Race mode is tailored to the R hatch, increasing damping while tweaking engine response and shift points (the latter in DSG models) for spirited driving.
ESP Sport is also featured, enabling a delayed response in fast driving to allow greater driver control. Press the button for longer than three seconds, however, and the system is fully deactivated.
Suspension in the new R is by MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link setup at the rear. The R sits 20mm lower than the regular Golf, and 5mm lower than the GTI.
The braking packaging includes 340x30mm discs with 60mm brake pistons at the front, and 310x22mm discs with 42mm pistons at the rear.
Setting the Golf R apart from its GTI siblings are a unique five-spoke 19-inch ‘Cadiz’ wheel design - an evolution of the previous model’s rims - along with R-specific seats, brushed aluminium pedals and ‘R’ details throughout the cabin.
There’s also a unique exterior styling kit, including a new bumper, four exhaust tips, and tinted tail lights - although these have also been borrowed by the special GTI Performance model.
Standard features also include bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights (in “dual-u” design), a fabric/Alcantara trim mix, leather steering wheel, auto climate control and a touchscreen display.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Golf GTI - manual - $41,990
- Golf GTI - auto - $44,490
- Golf GTI Performance - auto - $48,490
- 2014 Golf R - 6 Speed Manual - $51,990
- 2014 Golf R - 6 Speed DSG - $54,490
Panoramic electric glass sunroof - $1850
Vienna leather appointed upholstery - $3150
Driver assistance package - $1000
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