New – Volkswagen Golf R

The hot-hatch arms race ramped up another notch today, as photos and information about the latest Golf R were released. The headlines are the promise of 300 PS and a possible 0-60 mph in under 5 seconds.

2014 VW Golf R 001

Volkswagen seems to be putting all the attention grabbing emphasis on the mechanical, as the outside of the new R seems rather understated. To the untrained eye, possibly only the chunky five-spoke ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels mark VW’s latest super hatch out as something special. At the rear, the four oval exhaust tailpipes differentiate it from the GTI, although they’re hardly huge in diameter. Compared to its class rivals of the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG, or BMW M135i, the Golf R is a paragon of modesty.

2014 VW Golf R 002

The new Golf R clearly intends to be Wolfsburg in sheep’s clothing, however, as it packs significant firepower beneath its subtle bodywork. (more…)