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2018 Volkswagen Golf R Gets Power Boost

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Gets Power Boost

We’ve already seen the new 2018 Volkswagen Golf. The seventh-generation car features a slightly modified exterior and interior design, more technology features and, in the case of the Golf R, some more power too.

Although VW has not confirmed the exact specifications for the U.S. version of the Golf R, the European car has been announced. VW has been able to churn out 305 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque out of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. That’s an increase from today’s 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet.

Along with the additional power, VW is also providing the Golf R a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The quicker shifts and additional power will decrease the car’s 0-62 mph time from 4.9 seconds to 4.6 seconds. Buyers can still opt for a 6-speed manual gearbox, but VW hasn’t given an acceleration time for it yet.

The Golf R’s additional power combines with a few visual enhancements to the car, such as LED headlights and modified front and rear fascias.

Inside is VW’s latest infotainment system, and a host of driver safety features, such as pedestrian detection, traffic jam assist and trailer assist (for those who tow with their Golf…).

Most of the new Golf range will arrive in late 2017.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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