Details of the all-new Golf R were released Tuesday. The car increases the power and fuel efficiency of the current model, which we tested last year.
The engine in the new Golf R is similar to that in the upcoming GTI, though its been tuned for more power. Volkswagen says the R will have 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, numbers that are up 40 and 37, respectively, over the outgoing Golf R.
That power is coming from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection and variable valve timing. Itís paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual clutch automated manual, known as DSG.
All-wheel-drive remains standard on the R, and Volkswagen says it will do zero-62 mph in 5.3 seconds with the manual -- almost half a second faster than its predecessor. The DSG gearbox will do the same run in 4.9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.