- The most powerful series-produced Golf with a slip guarantee
- Not much more about the Porsche
- Ice drift between cones
- Expensive pleasure
The most powerful series-produced Golf with a slip guarantee
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VW is now launching the fourth generation of the Golf R. The new one is based on the Golf VII, but has a four-cylinder turbo, all-wheel drive and an on with up to 300 hp…fitted chassis. The price list for the uber-Golf starts at 38,325 euros.
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The 2.0-liter gasoline engine is already known from other Golf models, but has been given a new cylinder head with an integrated and cooled manifold for use in the R model …a combination of direct and manifold injection.
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Armed in this way, the turbo catapults the compact car in combination with the optional dual clutch transmission to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds, and the top speed is 250 km / h… electronically sealed off. This is noticeable on the icy slopes in Sweden.
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Drifting becomes a pleasure. The standard all-wheel drive distributes the power to all four wheels via a Haldex clutch, whereby it is used in non-slip and restrained road conditions…The pace is only driven by the front wheels. Only when slip occurs are the clutch plates in the center differential pressurized in order to activate the rear wheels. The ESP, which can be completely deactivated, as well as a “Race” mode with tighter damping that can be selected at the push of a button and a gearshift strategy designed for maximum driving dynamics emphasize the sporty focus of the top-of-the-range variant.
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In terms of driver assistance, the Golf R naturally offers the same program as its weaker brothers, from the city emergency braking function to drowsiness detection and lane keeping…ner.
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The manufacturer specifies a consumption of 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers. A recuperation function for recovering braking energy and… a start-stop system.
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Still life with Golf R. The VW Golf R in front of a Swedish Pipi Longstocking backdrop.
The Golf R looks pretty good, just like a normal Golf. But it has a lot more power than a GTI. This can be seen in ice drift. With the push of a button you can increase the pleasure.
W.he needs Rauno Aaltonen, Stig Blomqvist or Juha Kankkunen – the snow waltz with the Yeti, which I dance today without a rally professional. Because where else the spectators stand dangerously close to the line and the competition commissioners look mercilessly at the stopwatch, I am cruising through Sweden alone.
An icy lake, a hot-blooded driver – and the new Golf R, that’s definitely enough for a nice spin. It is not for nothing that this Golf is the most powerful of its kind. Where the 230 HP of the GTI with the Golf 7 with performance package was the end of it until now, 300 HP are now raging under the bonnet. There is also the obligatory all-wheel drive, a crisp, short gearbox and an ESP that gives the driver more freedom than ever before.
And if even the controlled drift angle is not enough for you, you can send the Guardian Angels all the way home: For the first and only time in the current Golf, the electronics can be switched off without further ado – so it’s no wonder that VW is having its first dance with the evil one in northern Sweden of all places Golf asks.
Like every Golf, it looks pretty good at first glance. But as soon as you start the engine, the R-model leaves no doubt about its character: it roars loudly and then roars so impetuously that the tuners have to warm up: Everyone, listen, here comes the real king of the compact class, like that is the message of the four-flow fanfare choir.
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And above all, it really works: With a power-to-weight ratio of just under five kilos per hp and a torque curve that now rises even earlier and culminates even higher, it even takes a few meters off some Porsches at the traffic light sprint.
If you pack up to 380 Newton meters on the four 18-inchers and you shift through the narrow gears fast enough, you can sprint from 0 to 100 in 5.1 seconds. And if you order the DSG for just under 2000 euros extra, you can accelerate to 100 km / h for the first time in a Golf in less than five seconds. 4.9 seconds are on the clock and suddenly not much is missing until the Porsche 911.
Only at top speed do the people of Lower Saxony exercise genteel restraint: Tempo 270 should be easy, Andrea Maria Ernst admits: "But you can’t get more than 250 km / h for money or good words," says the product manager.
In return, she will soon be talking about the performance: As with the performance package for the GTI, R GmbH is thinking about a similar option, which of course would also include a small power pump. “And we don’t have to come to R customers with just ten additional horsepower,” the product strategist knows and is pleased that the engine “still has plenty of potential”.
Ice drift between cones
However, the new doping is not necessary. Because the Golf R already has more punch than it is for some with a bad back: When the turbo starts its work at 1.2 bar and the spikes claw into the ice, it works so powerfully that it even works at minus 30 degrees is dangerously warm.
And if you then first ask the ESP for more tolerance in two stages and then switch it off completely, then things get hot on the ice and the golf becomes a passionate ricochet – you really wouldn’t have thought the boring bored so much fun.
So that you can really enjoy the power, VW has worked extensively on the chassis and control systems. The R-Golf is therefore not only lowered two centimeters and tighter, as well as being equipped with progressive steering analogous to the GTI. When the ice drifts between the cones, neither one nor the other plays a role.
Because there are no bumps here, and the steering angles cannot even begin to be transferred on the mirror-smooth surface. But at some point winter will be over – if it even starts in our latitudes.
The R model with 300 hp marks the absolute top in the Golf family. But the pleasure also has its price: At 38,325 euros, the Kraftmeier costs more than twice as much as the basic model, making it not only the most powerful but also the most expensive on the golf course.
But that doesn’t change the great expectations that VW has in the Kraftmeier. After the Lower Saxony have sold around 40,000 R-Golfs in the last generation, they want to almost double production this time.
The trip to the test Golf R was supported by VW. You can find our standards of transparency and journalistic independence at www.axelspringer.de/unabhaengigkeit
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