Our spies have already snapped pictures of the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R, but new details are starting to emerge about the upcoming model.
Set to become one of the most powerful Golfs ever offered, the model is expected to use a 2.0-liter TSI engine that develops 286 bhp (213 kW) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. It will send power to the ground via a fifth generation Haldex all-wheel drive system - which recently debuted on the Golf 4Motion - that is lighter and more responsive than its predecessor. This should enable models equipped with a dual-clutch transmission to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in roughly 5.0 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
Despite the increased performance, the model is expected to be more fuel efficient thanks to the MQB platform and lightweight bodywork. This could enable the hatchback to tip the scales at 1200 kg (2645 lbs) and average 40.4 mpg UK (33.6 mpg US / 7.0 L/100km).
The Volkswagen Golf R could be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, before being launched in early 2014.