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Most Powerful Golf Ever: VW Releases The New Golf R20


Volkswagen has just released its second new R model in its current line-up at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Golf R shares its underpinnings with the recently-unveiled Scirocco R and also features VW’s 4Motion AWD to its drive-line.


The new Golf R replaces the very heavy naturally aspirated 3.2-liter RM300,000 Golf R32 and sheds the big capacity engine for a more acceptable 2-liter petrol turbo engine. Power is rated at 270hp and torque is around 350Nm made available between 2,500 – 5,000rpm. The new R manages the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.7 seconds in manual and 5.5 seconds in DSG mode.These figures almost match up with the Audi S3 and the Audi TT S with which the new Golf R shares its engine with.


The new R is more than just a upgrade on the basic GTI and features a host of upgrades including a new front grille with LED daytime running lights, a different set of alloy wheels, R side sills, R badging at the rear and twin tailpipes at the rear. The interior also receives upgrades in the form of sportier two-tone sports seats, aluminium pedals and R badging in places like the flat-bottomed steering wheel.


Read on below for more information on the most powerful Golf ever:

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World premiere 7: Golf R as most powerful Golf ever

Automotive passion has always had something to do with performance. However, Volkswagen is demonstrating – in the world premiere of the new 199 kW / 270 PS Golf R at the IAA – that fuel consumption values can be corrected downward even in the high-end sports car area. The highlight here: While in the now retired Golf R32 (184 kW / 250 PS), 10.7 litres of fuel was processed by the injection system every 100 kilometres, on the new Golf R – thanks to a boosted high-tech TSI – the figure is just 8.5 litres, which is 2.2 litres or 21 percent less! The all-wheel drive Golf R (350 Newton-meter torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm) sprints to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds (Golf R DSG: 5.5 seconds) and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Two of the many identifying visual features of this exceptional Golf conceptualised by Volkswagen Individual: newly developed LED taillights and LED daytime running lights. The Golf R can be ordered in Germany starting at the end of this year.

Golf R-Line – Sporty exterior and interior packages plus 17-inch wheels

Wolfsburg/ Frankfurt, September 2009. The new Golf R – like the current Passat R36 and Touareg R50 – was developed by Volkswagen Individual, the specialist when it comes to sporty and exclusive high-end models. Volkswagen Individual developed the “R-Line” equipment packages for all those customers who want the especially dynamic styling of body
and interior in the spirit of the power-enhanced R models, yet prefer a conventional powertrain. The company is simultaneously presenting three models of an entirely new generation of R-Line vehicles at the IAA: the Golf R-Line, Scirocco R-Line and Passat CC R-Line. They will all be launched on the market this autumn. Together with versions
already introduced on the Touran, Tiguan, Passat, Passat Estate and Touareg, a total of eight models with R-Line features will be ready at the start.

Volkswagen Individual has also repositioned its “Individual” product brand; in the future it will market products under the “Exclusive” label and bundle a range of especially high-end models and equipment features. A dual premiere: The first Exclusive model to be offered will be the brand new Golf Estate; it is crossing over from an all-purpose vehicle to a lifestyle estate car. Other models will follow in succession.

The new Golf R-Line

The R-Line version of the world’s bestseller was emphatically given a sporty flair. In configuring their new car, buyers can choose between an interior and an exterior package. The two R-Line packages may also be ordered together.
Exterior package: Its body appearance has been customised with 17-inch alloy wheels in a new design (“Mallory” type, 18-inch optional), sport chassis, body coloured side skirts and bumpers that have been modified compared to the normal Golf and Golf R. The exterior is completed by decorative door tread plates with R-Line logo, a roof edge spoiler (“GTI”), high-gloss black ventilation grille (radiator and lower air intake) as well as a diffuser also in glossy black. The lens covers of the taillights are also smoked. On its sides, the Golf is identified by R-Line logos (front fender at height of A-pillar).

The interior package of the R-Line program impresses with a leather multifunction steering wheel (three spokes, R-Line logo in lower spoke, multifunction keys in the two cross spokes), stainless steel pedal caps and foot support, R-Line door tread plates, sport seats (“R-Look” fabric design) with R-Line logo integrated in the head restraints and a R-Line specific interior decor. All seams are in “Art Grey”, a light tone of grey.

A full leather interior (“Vienna”) will be available as an option.

  • A
  • Sep 16, 2009
  • L
  • Sep 16, 2009
I guess VW can't live without forced induction. and this R20 appearance is not as meaty as the R32..but the interior looks nice tho.
  • B
  • Sep 17, 2009
Thank god the Golf was not named GTi-R.
  • N
  • Sep 17, 2009
R32 name did clash with the old Skyline. hahahaha.
  • Z
  • Sep 17, 2009
dream car dream car ... can only dream
because we are in malaysia
  • C
  • Sep 17, 2009
VW Golf..demn..! want one
  • B
  • Sep 18, 2009
If the new AWD system work like the DCCD in Subaru... will be good. Also hope VW make this as a standard model not some SE ver..
  • B
  • Sep 18, 2009
How about this ver 10 STI A-line... can match??? yeap is a Auto STI w/ DCCD too.


  • N
  • Sep 20, 2009
Want one. Huhuhu. Hope the price not as high as R32, it should be lower if the price before tax is the same as R32. With our tax system based on engine capacity it should be cheaper. Around RM250k-ish. Dreaming dreaming. Huhuhu.
  • N
  • Sep 22, 2009
are there any more diffrence on the golf & sirocco other than its engine?
does it sound like the R32