2016 Volkswagen Golf R Specs Preview – Volkswagen unveiled the European version of the new Golf R at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but there was no information given on the U.S>-spec model. Well, the wait is nearly over, as we will see the U.S.-spec Golf R at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .
The only downside is that we cannot get out hands on the the most powerful Golf ever until the first quarter of 2015 when the new Golf R will be put on sale as a 2016 model. That means that there will be no 2014 or 2015 Golf R.
The new Golf R will deliver about 34 horsepower more than the previous generation, but even so, it will be more fuel efficient than its predecessor and a bit faster. Along with the improved engine, the 2016 Golf R will come with a permanent all-wheel-drive system, sports suspension, high-performance brake system and a high-performance brake system.
Just like the first Golf R, which was launched back in 2009, the new model will be distinguished by a sportier look, a lowered ride and, of course, plenty of “R” logos. Volkswagen will continue to offer the model in an exclusive Lapis Blue Metallic paint, with another seven exterior colors offered.
“Sales were up in October and we expect this trend to continue through next year,” said VW’s North American CEO Michael Horn. The company plans on capturing more customers with improved crossovers and its strong lineup of cars.
2016 Volkswagen Golf R Variant Preview
- Wagon body style
- Turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
- 292 horsepower, 280 lb.-ft. of torque
- 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox transmission
- Standard 4Motion all-wheel drive
- Accelerates to 60 mph in 5 seconds
- Top speed of 155 mph
- Lowered sport suspension
- Progressive variable-ratio steering system
- Sport stability control system
- Optional adaptive-damping suspension
- Up to 57.2 cu. ft. of cargo space
Calling it “a sports car in a station wagon body,” Volkswagen introduced the 2016 Golf R Variant to the world at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The venue is key; this vehicle is not a Europe-only model, and will be available to American families that like to go fast and have fun.
The clues that give the R version of the new Golf Variant away include redesigned bumpers, unique grille, lower side sills, matte chrome mirror housings, four exhaust outlets, dark red taillights, and unique 18- or 19-in. aluminum wheels. There are eight different “R” logos, too.
Given the Golf R Variant’s performance intent, it is not surprising that it comes with sport-bolstered seats wrapped in a cloth and Alcantara mix. Automatic climate control, blue ambient cabin lighting, and Volkswagen’s latest touch-screen infotainment system are also standard equipment. Additional highlights include stainless steel pedals, Carbon Race dashboard and door panel trim, and doorsill kick plates with blue illumination.
Equipped with seating for five, the Golf R Variant can simultaneously carry 21.4 cu. ft. of cargo. Fold the rear seat flat and Volkswagen says this performance car can handle up to 57.2 cu. ft. of cargo.
Nappa leather upholstery is offered as an option for the new Golf R Variant, in a 2-tone treatment with light gray contrast stitching. Additional detail on standard and optional equipment for Volkswagen’s new sport wagon will be announced at a later date.
Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard equipment on the Golf R Variant, rated to make 292 horsepower between 5,500 rpm and 6,200 rpm, and 280 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,800 rpm to 5,000 rpm. Translated, the engine is generating either peak torque or peak horsepower in a nearly continuous arc from 1,800 rpm to near redline.
A 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission with paddle shifters is standard for this car, and Volkswagen says it will add a traditional manual gearbox with a clutch pedal in the future. It feeds engine power to the Golf R Variant’s standard 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
Under normal driving conditions, this is a front-wheel-drive car, because 4Motion disconnects the rear axle from the powertrain in order to conserve fuel. In “fractions of a second,” according to Volkswagen, power can be sent to the rear wheels to improve traction.
Volkswagen’s Cross-Differential Plus (XDS+) technology is standard, reducing understeer in fast, tight corners. A sport-tuned stability control system is also included and can be deactivated completely in the event an owner takes the Golf R Variant on a racetrack.
Additional performance enhancements include progressive variable-ratio electric steering, sport suspension with ride height nearly an inch lower than stock, and a Driving Profile Selector with Eco, Normal, Individual, and Race settings. Opt for the adaptive-damping suspension and the Golf R Variant also offers a Comfort setting.
Given what is likely to be a price tag of more than $40,000, based on the fact that a standard Golf R is priced just under that threshold, it is not surprising that the Golf R Variant will offer a number of safety-related features including rain-sensing wipers, automatic bi-xenon headlights with an adaptive front-lighting system, reversing camera, and front and rear park-assist sensors.
A forward-collision warning system is also onboard, and in the event that the Golf R Variant is involved in a collision, the braking system stops the car as soon as is possible in order to prevent secondary collisions, VW says.
Volkswagen’s 5.8-in. touch-screen infotainment system is standard for the Golf R Variant; it includes Car-Net connectivity and services, HD Radio, Bluetooth with streaming audio, and iPod connectivity. A navigation system is optional, along with a Fender premium sound system.
Under its hood, the Golf R gets an updated version of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that delivers 290 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 pound-feet of torque between 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. The engine will mate to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, which helps sprint the Golf R to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds — 0.4 seconds faster than the previous Golf R. The Golf R will also have an optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission available, which drops the 0-to-60 mph time to an amazing 4.9 seconds.
When compared to the engine used in the previous model, the new one gets completely redesigned cylinder heads, pistons, high-pressure injection system and turbocharger.
The engine will send its power to all four wheels via Volkswagen’s 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive.
2016 Volkswagen Golf R Specs:
|Engine||2.0-Liter TSI Four-Cylinder|
|Output (Horsepower @ RPM)||290 @ 5,500|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||280 @ 1,800 – 5,500|
|Standard Transmission||Six-Speed Manual|
|Optional Transmission||Six-Speed DSG|
|Drive Setup||4MOTION All-Wheel Drive|
|Acceleration (0-60 MPH)||5.3 Sec (Manual) / 4.9 Sec (DSG)|