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VW Golf R Uncovered Ahead of Frankfurt Debut

 VW Golf R Uncovered Ahead of Frankfurt Debut
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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Comments (19)

 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-new...
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September 19, 2009 2:59 pm
 dasoviet dasoviet
how correct is 0-100 times? given that the s3 sportback is 5.8sec and the 3 door 5.7
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September 18, 2009 11:53 am
 dasoviet dasoviet
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September 18, 2009 11:52 am
 alessandro alessandro
Finally a car with no electric shock hazard in this site.
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September 15, 2009 7:26 pm
 sfero sfero
Aaw, this just looks perfect!
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September 15, 2009 7:12 pm
 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... :)
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September 15, 2009 3:15 am
 carbonsigma carbonsigma
The brilliant sound of the V6 used in the previous R32s will be missed.
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September 15, 2009 2:26 am
 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.
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September 15, 2009 1:25 am
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
Looks really similar to the Scirocco R, but still good!
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September 14, 2009 10:15 pm
 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?
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September 14, 2009 9:48 pm
 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...
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September 14, 2009 9:10 pm
 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?
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September 14, 2009 8:54 pm
 die.bahnfahrer die.bahnfahrer
expected TT RS´ 5-cylinder, 7-Speed-DSG, nicer wheels and led lights... boring... but the rear lights are nice
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September 14, 2009 8:31 pm
 911fnatic 911fnatic
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?
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September 14, 2009 8:22 pm
 9TNine 9TNine
I prefer this new front to the standard GTi. The standard GTi looks a bit dull compared to the previous Mark 5.
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September 14, 2009 7:24 pm
 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.
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September 14, 2009 7:03 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
that´s a cool looking golf
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September 14, 2009 6:59 pm