New photos and details of the VW Golf R unveiled, coming late 2009 |

As you might have seen last week on the site, Volkswagen is preparing to unleash the monster which will be the mark VI Golf R at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We’ve speculated a bit on the technical details and the looks of the car, but just before the curtain is unveiled on the show floor, we received the first official pics and details on the new Golf R, which will be the most powerful model of the current generation.

Borrowing a lot from the VW Scirocco R, the new R edition of the Golf will be powered by a 2 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as opposed to the previous generation’s R32, which had a 3.2 liter V6. This new top-of-the-range model will develop 270 HP with 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. But as a major difference from the Scirocco R, the Golf will be fitted with a new hydraulic four-wheel drive system, borrowed from the Audi S3.

This massive engine will be connected to a six-speed DSG gearbox, in classic VW style, which, unofficially, seems to be even faster than a manual transmission, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds, as opposed to the manual’s 5.7 time. The speed is limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph, but is still quite faster than the R32 of the previous generation.

With such a powerful engine and the performance gearbox, you can be sure that the team at VW also fitted the chassis with a lowered but more powerful suspension, and also tinkered with the braking system in order to safely handle all of the power of the car.

On the exterior, you will find a lot of similarities with the Scirocco R in terms of overall look, as the front and rear bumpers, side skirts and even darkened head and tail lights were borrowed from the coupe cousin of the Golf R. Speaking of bodies, the new range-topping Golf will be available in both three- and five-door designs. These will also feature the characteristic twin exhausts in the center of the rear diffuser, as well as the five-spoke alloy wheels. On the inside, the Golf R will be given a racing feel by a pair of bucket seats in the front, a racing steering wheel and a more aggressive trim line.

Overall, this will definitely be the Golf to own for enthusiasts. Look forward to the car launching in Europe at the end of 2009, with a US-bound one coming next year.

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Source: CarScoop

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