2014 Volkswagen Golf R Details:
- U.S.-spec Mk7 R to receive an estimated output of 290hp, 34 more than the outgoing model
- To feature TSI turbo 2.0L with either 6-speed manual or DSG auto transmission and 4Motion AWD
- Handling improved via suspension, steering rack, DCC dynamic chassis control and other upgrades
- U.S. production version unveiling at 2014 Detroit Auto Show and launching first quarter of 2015 as four door only
Volkswagen used the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last September to unveil the next generation Golf R hot hatch for the European market, and today it announced a U.S. version is headed for a big reveal at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (NAIAS) come January 13 to 26. As we like to see, this R will be the most powerful yet - with an estimated output of 290 horsepower, 34 more than the outgoing model - though it will be slightly detuned from the Euro-spec variety, which gets 296.
Under hood is a EA888 TSI turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that's not only more powerful but also more fuel efficient than the previous R's FSI two liter. You'll be able to get the next Golf R with a new 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
A specially tuned suspension drops the R 0.8 inches lower than your standard Golf, and handling is further improved with newly developed front lower control arms and rear toe-link bearings. Steering response is supposedly upgraded with a new progressive variable ratio rack, and the new Golf R can be ordered with the second-generation DCC dynamic chassis control as an option. DCC offers three driving modes: "Comfort," "Normal," and "Sport," which are selected as part of the "Driving Profile Selector" (DPS) functionality; moreover, the DPS has a "Race" mode setting that increases suspension damping and raises engine performance and shift points of the DSG trans for track and "spirited" driving.
The R also rocks standard beefier brakes, 18-inch alloy rims, Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in a dual-U design) and a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tips. Cosmetically the Golf R is set off by specially designed bumpers, side skirts and badging on the outside and sport seats with leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped three- spoke sport steering wheel, ambient lighting, and R-specific instrumentation on the inside.
The 2014 Golf R will be launched in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015 in four-door form only. Be sure to check back with us for a full gallery and rundown when it gets revealed at the 2014 NAIAS.