VW Unveils Brand-New Flagship Golf R

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Initial details and images released ahead of unveiling Frankfurt 2013.

After seeing the new Golf GTI and the R-Line packages for the hatchback, it was only a matter of time before VW unleashed its latest flagship model. And here it is. The 2014 Golf R packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot rated at 296-HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. That's the same TSI unit used in the GTI revised with new pistons, cylinder head, bigger turbo and high-pressure injection valves. Power is sent to all four wheels via the 4MOTION AWD system, with 0-62 mph coming in at 5.1 secs using the six-speed manual and 4.9 seconds with the six-speed automatic dual-clutch DSG box.

Top speed is limited to 155 mph and economy is quoted at 32 mpg, an 18 percent improvement over its predecessor. A sport suspension keeps the Golf R 20 mm closer to the tarmac than the standard model and 5mm closer than the GTI, while adaptive chassis control can be ordered offering a range of driving modes and profiles including a new Race mode. Exterior treatments distinguishing the Golf R as the daddy of the range include a new bumper with large air inlets, a modified grille and new DRLs integrated into the bi-xenon headlights forming a dual "U" design.

18-inch "Cadiz" and available 19-inch "Pretoria" wheels, "R" badging, black brake calipers, matt chrome mirror caps, smoked LED rear lights, "R" design diffuser and four chrome tailpipes further set the car apart as the flagship model. VW failed to reveal interior shots yet confirmed the Golf R's cabin comes with black/grey top sport seats finished in Alcantara and "Race" fabric, "Carbon Touch" trim, ambience lighting, R design instruments, and an optional Nappa-carbon leather package. The 2014 VW Golf R will debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show and hit European showrooms next year priced from 38,325 Euros in Germany.

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