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Geneva 2011 – Volkswagen Golf R Concepts

VW Golf R Concept

The German automaker Volkswagen brought to this year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show, four new concepts based on the Golf R.

VW Golf R Concept

The luxurious models feature an exclusive paint (Carbon Steel Gray and Oryx White), aluminum trim, 19-inch Talladega rims, as well as Nappa leather interiors that were crafted VW R Exclusive. The dark gray model has an Almandine Red over black interior while the white one wears St. Tropez over black leather.

VW Golf R Concept

The two sporty Golfs come with an Aplomb Blue and a Space Grey paint finish, along with a carbon fiber trim, racing buckets, mirror caps and Nappa leather interiors. Inside the cabin, the light gray Golf R has Pure Grey over Light Anthracite leather with orange piping, piano black seats. It sits on Talladega rims and features orange brake calipers.

VW Golf R Concept

The other sporty Golf R, painted in blue, rides on 19-inch Brilliant Silver Glendales and has bucket seats wrapped in black and blue leather and have carbon fiber shells.

Source: Carscoop

US-spec Golf R, Less Powerful Than Its European Sibling

VW Golf R

The US-spec Volkswagen Golf R will go into production this November at the company’s plant in Wolfsburg and it is going to be a little bit different in comparison to its European sibling. Although it will come with the same 4-cylidner 2.0-liter engine, linked to the automaker’s 4th gen Haldex 4Motion AWD system, it will develop less power.

VW Golf R

The European model produces 270 hp and 258 lb.-ft of torque while the US model will offer only 256 hp and 243 lb.-ft (not yet confirmed). Although it will be less powerful, it will still offer 56 hp and 36 lb.-ft more in comparison to the standard Golf GTI and taking into consideration that the R model will have a curb weight of about 3,300 pounds which is 250 less in comparison to the most recent R32, it should be a fast car. The German automaker said that the Golf R will be able to do the 0-60 mph sprint in about 5.7 – 5.9 seconds.

VW Golf R

This engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox while the European version can be fitted with the DSG transmission. I was surprised to find out that there wasn’t going to be an automatic transmission for the US-spec model, but VW said that they’ve done a little bit of research with various enthusiast groups and dealers and from what they’ve found out, most of them will want to change the gears manually.

Source: AutoBlog

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APS Volkswagen Golf R Stage 2

APS Volkswagen Golf R Stage 2

Yesterday APS announced the tuning program for the Volkswagen Golf R, dubbed Stage 2. With this upgrade, the car has received a high flow catalyst; Milltek large bore turbo down pipe as well as various Milltek stainless steel sports exhaust systems. These exhaust systems come with a switchable electronic exhaust valve, dual 100mm ceramic black tailpipes and 2.75-inch bore tubing. The APS Volkswagen Golf R Stage 2 is capable of producing between 320 hp and 330 hp (depending on the exhaust system installed). Customers can choose a resonated Milltek cat back exhaust or a non-resonated cat-back system.

The price for the APS Volkswagen Golf R Stage 2 is 1999 GBP (including VAT). Drivers of the Golf R can get at a more affordable price the Stage 1 program that costs 445 GBP (including VAT + fitting). This entry-level program consists of an updated ECU remap, raising the power unit of the Golf R to 308 hp.

The engineers at APS have already started working on a Stage 3 tuning program which will allow the Golf R to output 350 hp thanks to the updates that will be brought to the turbocharger.

Besides the power upgrades, APS offers a list of chassis upgrades for the Golf R: three-way adjustable Haldex Gen4 four wheel drive controller, uprated suspension bushes, Brembo GT big brake kits, sports lowering springs, KW height and damping adjustable coilover suspension and 18-19 inch Sportec Mono 10 forged allow rims fitted with Toyo tires.

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Volkswagen to form its R performance division


Most carmakers limit themselves to making normal vehicles, with various engines and standard features. But some of them have special divisions which are tasked with transforming regular models into more powerful, more aggressive and more fun to drive cars.

As such, BMW has its M, Mercedes-Benz has AMG and even Audi has Quattro, but a new carmaker will officially form its own performance department soon, as a Volkswagen executive said that the R division will be announced soon, at the Geneva Motor Show.

Up until now, Volkswagen did release performance models under various badges, like the GTI or R, but it never had a formal section to upgrade current cars. The new R GmbH will handle every upgrade made in Volkswagen’s European lineup, and, according to some voices, might even reach North America with the Golf R next year, and with a possible R edition of the next generation Jetta.

Overall, the more performance models the better. Hopefully VW’s R will amaze us with new cars soon enough.

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