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Golf R leads seven-model onslaught

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Volkswagen will be launching seven new Golf 7s over the next year, and while we won’t see all of them in South Africa, one we definitely will see is the one leading the charge – the Golf R. The range-topper will have VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and no less than 213 kW. That’s 13 more than the current Golf R has overseas and a full 25 more than the 188 kW version we get here.

It’s also set to have a whopping 380 Nm of twist on tap, and in combination with the six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission it will have, it’ll get to 100 km/h in five seconds flat. Top speed will be limited to 250 km/h. What’s more, the exhaust note has been tuned to be even louder and sportier than before, which means aside from the awe-inspiring performance, the new Golf R will also have one hell of a soundtrack.

The drivetrain will also feature a pair of electronic differentials on the new car. However, despite the all-wheel-drive system, the Golf R will be light. This is thanks to lightweight construction in the bodywork and components, including the alloy wheels and the brakes. In fact, it’s said to tip the scales at a meagre 1 200 kg.

The lightness has not only helped in terms of performance. In fact, despite the improved performance over its predecessor, economy and emissions have both improved, with fuel consumption rated at seven litres per 100 km and emissions at 163 g/km of CO2. It will be the last of the seven new models to go on sale and should hit showroom floors early in 2014.

A little down the scale, but even more important than the Golf R, is the GTI, while a diesel performance version will also see the light of day and will be badged GTD. Then there’s the frugal Golf BlueMotion and an electric version dubbed eGolf. 4Motion models and an estate version of the hatchback complete the product offensive.

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