VW Golf R mk7 video: Frankfurt motor show 2013

New mk7 based VW Golf R hot hatch nudges 300bhp and is the fastest accelerating Golf ever. Pictures, details and show video here

The new VW Golf R has been unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. While the Volkswagen Golf is in its mk7 generation, this is the second generation Golf R, and fourth in line if you include the previous Golf R32 models. VW's Frankfurt show stand - covered in cars of all shapes and sizes - possessed both three and five door Golf Rs, in blue and white hues. The Golf may not have as much presence of more hardcore hot hatch rivals, but some of the detailing - including its glitzy alloy wheels and four exhaust tail pipes - is high quality.

The new Golf R shares its heart with the new Audi S3, a 296bhp, 280lb ft 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine powering all four wheels via VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. A fifth-generation Haldex setup, it decouples the rear axle under low load and when coasting, but with quick activation via an electro-hydraulic pump, almost 100 per cent of the power can go to the rear wheels when necessary. Sounds like a laugh when the snow comes along…

It's the fastest factory-spec Golf ever, completing 0-60 in less than five seconds thanks to its combination of turbo power and four-wheel-drive traction. The six-speed manual equipped car hits 62mph in 5.3sec, while the optional six-speed DSG twin-clutch paddleshift gearbox cuts this to 4.9sec.

VW is also keen to shout about its other numbers, too, with 39.8mpg fuel economy and 159g/km CO2 emissions, the latter on a par with a mk5 Golf TDI.

The Golf R rides 20mm lower than a standard Golf, and 5mm lower than a Golf GTI, getting its own specific spring and damper tuning. It gets the progressive steering setup seen on other fast Golfs, which tightens up the lock to increase agility.

It gets a similar look to previous Golf Rs, with a reasonably subtle bodykit (though one a little more shouty than the GTI’s), five-spoke alloy wheels and smoked rear lights, though it gets four exhaust tailpipes rather than the twin pipes of the mk6 Golf R. The 18in wheels shroud vented brake discs.

Expect the mk7 VW Golf R to possess a price similar to its Audi S3 relation, making it around £30,000.

Most Popular

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed with motorsport-inspired aero and 517bhp
New 992 911 GT3 RS
News

2022 Porsche 911 GT3 RS revealed with motorsport-inspired aero and 517bhp

Porsche launches the most extreme 911 GT3 RS to date, with a focus on track days that’s been inspired through its motorsport success
17 Aug 2022
Aston Martin DBR22 revealed – an open-top V12 rival to the Ferrari Monza SP2
Aston Martin DBR22 - front quarter
News

Aston Martin DBR22 revealed – an open-top V12 rival to the Ferrari Monza SP2

It’s another screen-less low-volume supercar, but the new DBR22 could pinpoint the future of Aston Martin design
15 Aug 2022
Polestar 6 roadster confirmed for 2026 launch – production version of the O2 concept
Polestar O2
News

Polestar 6 roadster confirmed for 2026 launch – production version of the O2 concept

Polestar is putting its stunning O2 concept into production, transforming into the Polestar 6
16 Aug 2022