Updated super-hatch is on sale in Germany now with an extra 10bhp; UK order books open in February
Sam Sheehan
23 December 2016

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R produces 310bhp from its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which is 10bhp more than the pre-facelift car and matches the peak output of the Golf GTI Clubsport S, as well as the Honda Civic Type R.

That power hike makes this the quickest variant of Volkswagen’s best-selling hatchback ever sold, and it’s joined by a jump in torque of 20lb ft, bringing the maximum figure to 295lb ft.

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The added potency helps to trim the all-wheel drive R’s 0-62mph time down to 4.6sec, three-tenths faster than before, when the seven-speed DSG auto is fitted. No time has been released for the six-speed manual version at this stage, but expect a similar reduction to the old car’s 5.3sec time.

The Golf R estate also benefits from the same engine improvements, and its 0-62mph time improves by two-tenths to 4.9sec with the DSG auto.

Along with its uprated engine, the 2017 Golf R gets a very lightly tweaked exterior with new LED lighting and restyled bumpers. Inside, there’s a new optional Active Info Display with 12.3in high-definition monitor.

Additionally, the latest generation of Volkswagen’s on-line services, including an updated App Connect feature that allows it to integrate with the latest versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and MirrorLink, are included.

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There are also new and updated driver assistant systems, such as Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist, which detects the driver is incapacitated, Lane Assist plus ACC for active lane keeping, an updated City Emergency Braking system, Front Assist function that employees autonomous braking for collision avoidance, and Park Assist 3.0.

The 2017 Golf R is on sale in Germany now, but UK order books won’t open until February. Prices are expected to grow slightly on the outgoing car, which starts at £31,685.

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23 December 2016
I must give my thanks to LUKE MEREDITH, who posted here last week comment about system he uses to earn online... I received my FIRST payment total of $540, pretty cool. I am so excited, this is the first time I actually earned something. I am going to work even harder new and I can't wait for next week payment.

You can try it for yourself.>>>>>> w­w­w.w­o­r­k­j­o­i­n­3­0.c­o­m

23 December 2016
Extra 10bhp?! VW are pulling out all the stops on this update.

23 December 2016
Have all their designers absconded to Hyundai?

24 December 2016
Presumably the Oettinger body panel can be order on the configurator in February 2017.

Shame you can't configure a Stage 1 Oettinger Tuned engine (360BHP)brake upgrade and tweaked Haldex -warranted by VW ( Like Mountune do for Ford Focus RS)

VW have bottled the opportunity to put the A45 AMG, Audi RS3, Focus RS and BMW M140i and knock them into a cocked hat.imo

Guess VW can't upstage Audi!!

db

24 December 2016
This car can be as well engineered as I am sure it is, but it looks like an over dressed base level Golf with the usual boxy details and bling led lighting that the VAG group specialise in to burn other drivers retinas. I would have much better things to do with more than 32K without options !

25 December 2016
db wrote:

This car can be as well engineered as I am sure it is, but it looks like an over dressed base level Golf with the usual boxy details and bling led lighting that the VAG group specialise in to burn other drivers retinas. I would have much better things to do with more than 32K without options !

So what do you own and drive,as a matter of interest?

db

26 December 2016
vrskeith wrote:
db wrote:

This car can be as well engineered as I am sure it is, but it looks like an over dressed base level Golf with the usual boxy details and bling led lighting that the VAG group specialise in to burn other drivers retinas. I would have much better things to do with more than 32K without options !

So what do you own and drive,as a matter of interest?

A lotus Elan M100 turbo and a Mazda 6 sport tourer so not a fan of the VAG euro box, only an opinion and personal preference.

28 December 2016
Talk about a Christmas present from VW! But I think they've wised up about what their winning formula really is and decided to focus on the Golf for a bit to regain back customer confidence after the marathon year they've had fighting finance issues after the emissions scandals... I just hope that they are doing other things in the background too. They can't bank on their Golf forever, they have to eventually find another winning model to succeed!

28 December 2016
If the power and torque uplift is purely ECU /remapping, then why couldn't VW offer to current Golf R mk7 - inside warrantee, be offered a low cost (> £500 ) upgrade power mod ,undertaken by VW UK Dealerships ,(similar to Ford with Mountune) kept in-house and install at say service time, maximising effective garage time and maximising profit for VW.

No brainer to me and also engages VW CURRENT OWNERS and not frustrate and disappoint then. Brownie points for VW for a change of late.

What do you think and can you enquire for your readers.

Cheers
Keith

28 December 2016
If the power and torque uplift is purely ECU /remapping, then why couldn't VW offer to current Golf R mk7 - inside warrantee, be offered a low cost (> £500 ) upgrade power mod ,undertaken by VW UK Dealerships ,(similar to Ford with Mountune) kept in-house and install at say service time, maximising effective garage time and maximising profit for VW.

No brainer to me and also engages VW CURRENT OWNERS and not frustrate and disappoint then. Brownie points for VW for a change of late.

What do you think and can you enquire for your readers.

Cheers
Keith

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