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…

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

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.

Advertisement - Article continues below

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.



Volkswagen Golf hatchback

New 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 pricing and specs revealed

6 Mar 2020

Most Popular


The best four-cylinder engines ever

We've gathered a selection of our very favourite four-pots ever produced
27 May 2020
BMW 4 Series

2020 BMW 4-series revealed – new coupe range topped by 369bhp M440i

The new 4-series Coupe is bigger, faster and sportier, but that’s not what people are talking about
2 Jun 2020

C8 Chevrolet Corvette UK prices and specifications revealed

Chevrolet’s new mid-engined C8 Corvette is an American supercar for less
3 Jun 2020
used cars

Cheap fast cars 2020 – the best budget performance cars on the market

The cheap fast car is a wonderful thing, if you buy right and do your research. These are our favourites from £1000 to £10,000
4 Jun 2020