Volkswagen introduced a facelifted version of the seventh-generation Golf. The iconic hatchback sports updated exterior design and more advanced tech across the overall lineup. However, what’s more important, it also gets a new dual-clutch transmission and some extra power in some of the models. Still, we are particularly surprised with the 2018 Golf R, because it crosses 300 ponies, which is really outstanding.
According to the automaker, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R will keep its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, but instead of the current 292 hp and 280 lb-ft, the refreshed hatch will get 305 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The base version will maintain a six-speed manual, yet the optional model features a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The combination of more power and torque with the better gearbox will definitely boost the performance. Judging by the reports, the 2018 Golf R will lower a 0-60 sprint from 4.9 to 4.6 seconds. Of course, the range-topper will continue to use all-wheel-drive only.
The new exterior design doesn’t differ too much from the previous. As a matter of fact, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf just a few tweaks from the outside. There are slightly revised LED headlights and updated bumper, which gets significantly larger air intakes. The hot hatch features new and quite handsome double-five-spoke wheels, while the rear end comes with new taillights and notably larger lamps on the rear bumper.
The refreshed cab looks almost the same as before, but the new technologies are all around. A 12.3-inch instrument cluster is fully digitalized, while the all-new touchscreen sports gesture control. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is a pretty important model of the German car manufacturer, so they decided to add Security & Service package and Media Control App.
The updated 2018 VW Golf R will hit the showrooms in late 2017. As a matter of fact, except the e-Golf that comes early next year, all Golfs will become available in late 2017.