Volkswagen will introduce a new version of the Golf R, this time based on the new seventh generation of the German hatchback, at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Auto Express says that the new Volkswagen Golf R will be more powerful, lighter, and possibly even a bit more affordable than today's version.
Just like the current Golf R, the new model will be powered by a version of Volkswagen's omnipresent 2.0-liter turbo-four. But whereas the current car produces 256 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque, Auto Express claims the new Golf R will muster at least 20 more ponies -- and possibly as much as 300 hp. Increasing the horsepower count makes sense if the Golf R is to remain a step up, performance-wise, from the GTI. The 2.0-liter turbo-four in the 2015 Volkswagen GTI (pictured) will offer 220 hp and 258 lb-ft, up from 200 hp and 207 lb-ft in the current 2013 car.
Curb weight should also decline, partly because the MQB-based chassis in the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is lighter than the current sixth-gen chassis, but mostly because the new Golf R will reportedly have a lightened all-wheel-drive system. Whereas a 2013 Golf R weighs nearly 300 pounds more than an equivalent GTI, Auto Express says the mass difference could shrink to about 200 pounds for the new car. The 4Motion system will receive a revised front differential to help reduce under steer.
The best news yet for track-day enthusiasts: the Golf R will reportedly get a unique stability-control system that can be fully disabled. Many fans have complained that current Volkswagen hot hatches don't let drivers turn off the bacon-saving electronics, which can hinder fun when driving on a track. If the news is correct, it looks like Volkswagen has listened to its audience and responded with an "off" switch.
Finally, Auto Express says the next Volkswagen Golf R will be more affordable, putting it closer to the price of the new GTI and closing the pricing chasm between the two cars. A 2013 GTI starts at $24,995 with a manual-transmission and three-door body, while a Golf R three-door is $34,990. (Both prices include a $795 destination charge.) Other changes include a switch to quad exhaust tips, instead of the twin central tips on the current car.
After its debut this fall at the Frankfurt show, the Volkswagen Golf R will reportedly go on sale in Europe by early 2014.
Source: Auto Express