The facelifted version of the Volkswagen Golf R hot hatch will go one sale in February 2017. Read on for full details…
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- VW Golf R will now produce 306hp
- New model can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds
- Both manual and DSG automatic gearboxes offered
- Should cost from approximately £32,000
The VW Golf R and Golf R Estate have received a subtle mid-life facelift for 2017. Not only will their 2.0-litre turbocharged engines produce more power, but both models come fitted with a set of sporty new bumpers, too.
The Golf R’s new front end boasts revised air intakes with modified black trim pieces. The standard Golf’s facelifted headlights with hockey-stick shaped daytime running lights and LED technology have been carried over to new R models, too.
Both the R and R Estate will benefit from a slight power increase for 2017. Their 2.0-litre turbocharged engines have been tweaked to produce 306hp – 10hp more than the old cars. As a result, hatchback models can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds – 0.3 seconds faster than the outgoing version. Heavier Estate models are expected to benefit from a similar improvement.
Keen drivers may be pleased to hear a six-speed manual gearbox will also be available. These slightly more old-school versions aren’t expected to be able to match their twin-clutch counterparts for outright acceleration, however.
We expect the Golf R’s interior to be mostly unchanged from the outgoing model. It should, however, come fitted with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen mounted to the centre console and a secondary 9.2-inch digital instrument display ahead of the driver.
2017 VW Golf R price and release date
VW’s confirmed the facelifted Golf R will go on sale in February 2017. No official UK prices have been announced but we expect it to cost slightly more than the outgoing model. Entry-level hatchback models could cost from £32,000 while estate versions could set you back from £34,000.