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.