I am helping out a couple of mates as they put together a great automotive extravaganza called the Overdrive Festival – slated for 19 to 24 September 2014 and annually thereafter. Today the Overdrive Festival presented and overview of the event to partners and stakeholders.
Before the presentation I listened to a couple of motoring scribes boasting about their recent trip to test the new Golf R with one saying that he ‘chickened out’ at 200 km/h on a wet track in Uitenhage. Nice work if you can get it / be invited / crack the nod, which I don’t seem to pull at all. I suppose I just need to ask – but, you know how it is – I would rather be invited………..
Anyway – the new Golf R is powered by a newly designed 206 kW engine, which is 18 kW more powerful but up to 18 per cent more fuel efficient than the sixth generation Golf R. Like all previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers its turbocharged engine power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system. In this case, it is the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
Delivering pure dynamic performance are a newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20 mm), the new progressive steering system and “ESC Sport”. Optional features include Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode.
The Golf R with a manual gearbox (only available in the second half of 2014) reaches 100 km/h after just 5.2 seconds (previous model: 5.7 seconds). The classic sprint is completed in 5.0 seconds with dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Despite the car’s exceptionally agile driving performance and 18 kW more power, fuel consumption of the new Golf R is down from 8.5 to 6.9 l/100 km compared to that of the previous model. CO2 emissions were also improved from 199 to 159 g/km. The new Golf R that is equipped with BlueMotion Technology that offers Stop- Start system and battery regeneration.
The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of customised and exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side sills and 19-inch Cadiz alloy wheels, the Golf R can also be visually distinguished by details such as standard bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-U design), dark red LED rear lights and two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes.
Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with leather sport seats, leather- trimmed three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambience lighting, automatic climate control and a radio-CD system with touchscreen.
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