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VW Golf R Uncovered Ahead of Frankfurt Debut

2010 VW Golf R
2010 VW Golf R

Volkswagen is unveiling the second new R model in its current lineup at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Golf R shares its basic underpinnings with the recently-unveiled Scirocco R. It also adds VW's 4Motion AWD to its architecture.

Replacing the heavy naturally aspirated 3.2-litre V6 found in the Golf V R32 is a 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine. Power is 195kW (265hp) and torque is around the 350Nm mark. The 0 - 100km/h time should be covered in about 6.5 seconds for the 6-speed manual and 6.4 seconds for the DSG model. These figures compare very well with the Audi S3 and the TT S with which the Golf R shares its engine.

If you thought it would be a basic upgrade on the GTI you'd be wrong. The car features a host of changes including new front grille with LED daytime running lights, a different set of wheels, R side sills, R badging at the rear and those twin tailpipes almost come together in the middle. The interior is much sportier as well with two-tone sports seats, aluminum pedals and R badging in places like the flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The good news for US fans is that the Golf R is headed for North America according to reports, although nothing has been confirmed for its 3-door Scirocco relative.

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unknownuser unknownuser
With 199kW (up 15kW over the R32) and a quicker-reacting all-wheel-drive system, the Golf R accelerates from 0-100km/h in a claimed 5.5 seconds when the engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual. (5.7sec six-speed manual.) http://www.theage.com.au/drive/motor-news/move-over-gti-heres-the-golf-r-20090918-fuwp.html
Sep 19th, 2009 9:59pm
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dasoviet dasoviet
how correct is 0-100 times? given that the s3 sportback is 5.8sec and the 3 door 5.7
Sep 18th, 2009 6:53pm
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dasoviet dasoviet
Sep 18th, 2009 6:52pm
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alessandro alessandro
Finally a car with no electric shock hazard in this site.
Sep 16th, 2009 2:26am
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sfero sfero
Aaw, this just looks perfect!
Sep 16th, 2009 2:12am
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khlbt khlbt
The upcoming R sure looks great all round...glad to hear VW has kept the trademark 4 motion AWD system and that makes the R different from the GTi...the new wheels sure are an improvement though...other option would be a set of 18's VMR VB3 imo... :)
Sep 15th, 2009 10:15am
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carbonsigma carbonsigma
The brilliant sound of the V6 used in the previous R32s will be missed.
Sep 15th, 2009 9:26am
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tbrodie tbrodie
265hp beats the the last R32 with better mileage and cleaner emissions as well. VW seems to take a more understated route with the R.
Sep 15th, 2009 8:25am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Looks really similar to the Scirocco R, but still good!
Sep 15th, 2009 5:15am
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tootall tootall
2.0L, with 265hp, not too shabby. If you asked me that 2.0L should have been a 2.5 I-5, turbocharged, belting out 300+ hp with an alias of "R25". But what do I know? I'm just one person of the consumer population. So how much is VW asking for this?
Sep 15th, 2009 4:48am
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Max_Speed Max_Speed
Thank you VW for getting rid of those nasty rims ! But I would still get the Scirocco, it just looks better than this...
Sep 15th, 2009 4:10am
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HEMI426 HEMI426
The rear looks excellent, I can't wait for some tuning company to put in the v6, because this engine is just not done. Why buy this if the GTI has basically the same engine?
Sep 15th, 2009 3:54am
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miika miika
"It also adds VW's 4Motion AWD to its architecture." This is the main reason to buy one!
Sep 15th, 2009 5:29am
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bjoy bjoy
basically the same engine? because it's a 2.0 liter 4? 65 more horses sounds nice...
Sep 15th, 2009 6:23am
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die.bahnfahrer die.bahnfahrer
expected TT RS´ 5-cylinder, 7-Speed-DSG, nicer wheels and led lights... boring... but the rear lights are nice
Sep 15th, 2009 3:31am
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booost booost
Completely disagree, the new GTi has a lot more presence than the old one with that muscular front intake. I think the wheels would be more suited to a Golf 1.4, how boring. R32 is much better looking imo. And the power output? 6.5 seconds? Is that it?
Sep 15th, 2009 3:22am
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9TNine 9TNine
I prefer this new front to the standard GTi. The standard GTi looks a bit dull compared to the previous Mark 5.
Sep 15th, 2009 2:24am
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EhEmGee EhEmGee
It's okay, but to me it actually looks _less_ agressive than the standard GTI, just like the previous-gen R32, which looked more Jetta-ish than uber-GTI.
Sep 15th, 2009 2:03am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
that´s a cool looking golf
Sep 15th, 2009 1:59am
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