If it is the Volkswagen GLI that is seen most often on the road because of its affordable price and superior user-friendliness, it remains that it is the Golf R that sits atop the Golf range since its introduction in 2002 when it was known as the R32.
The new Golf R will debut at the next Frankfurt Auto Show which is set to get underway in a few weeks. According to preliminary information released by Volkswagen, the R will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine which delivers 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
As in previous generations of the Golf R, this power is sent to all four wheels through a Haldex 4Motion permanent AWD system. In Europe, consumers can choose between a 6-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission. Volkswagen has not revealed which transmissions would be available to Canadian buyers.
According to the German manufacturer, the new Golf R will be able to reach 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds with the DSG transmission and 5.1 seconds with the manual. Expect to see the arrival to the new Golf R somewhere in 2014, but the exact launch date has not been announced.