2016 Volkswagen Golf R Release Date, Review, Specs – As a recap, the 2015 year Volkswagen Golf R was indeed the most powerful, fastest, and the most agile variant of the Golf platform you could have bought at the time. With the upcoming new 2016 year model, its fans shouldn’t expect any lesser.
We can all reminisce that Volkswagen has continued to offer the supposedly all-time high performance GTI version since the beginning. However, it took the automobile giant up to three years in order to develop a more powerful model of the popular hatchback.
It was only in 2003, when the world’s first production car to use the dual-clutch gearbox Golf R32 was unleashed in the market as one the best performance, luxury and safest vehicle at the time.
With the upcoming new model, buyers should expect nothing short of performance and bespoke interior and exterior configurations. The following review has been compiled for you by the best brains in the auto scene.
Exterior – Volkswagen Golf R 2016
It comes as no surprise to us to see the automaker offering the vehicle with the same visual treatments seen on the outgoing model. Obviously, the hatchback will feature similar features as the 7th generation the Golf wagon, while being distinguished by a refreshed bumper design that has large air intakes for enhanced cooling.
The front fascia also comes with an altered grille that supports the R signature logo and the newly infused LED daytime running lights that have bi-xenon headlight housing incorporation.
Sideways, the new vehicle gets some cool body-coloured R side skirts, black callipers with R logos, AND 18” aluminium wheels. At the back, VW adds a sport exhaust system with 4 chrome-finished tail pipes and an R designed diffuser.
The dimensions of the new vehicle have been maintained except for the increased width. The length measures 168 mm, width – 70 mm, and the height is 56.5 mm. the wheelbase is 103.5”. Expect a new colour addition to the current palette.
2016 Volkswagen Golf R Interior Photos
Due to increased width dimension, the interior will now be a bit roomier over its previous model. The interior will also be sportier that the GTI considering the improvements in its cabin highlights.
The seats will come wrapped in dark or light Nappa leather in the centre while the front will be adorned in dark carbon Nappa leather upholstery. Trending in the same Golf R tradition, the vehicle will feature a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with an embedded R logo placed on the speedometer, light blue tachometer, R logos placed on the radio or navigation system touchscreen, and the door trim panels offered with a Carbon Touch design.
The interior dimensions will be as follows, the headroom will be 51 lbs., and shoulder room will be 55.9 lbs. while the legroom will be 41.2 lbs.
Engine Specs – 2016 Volkswagen Golf R
Under the hood of the new 2016 Volkswagen Golf R will be some important updates. The vehicle will get an updated 2L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that will be able to yield around 292 hp @ 5,400 rpm and 280 pounds of torque @ around 5,500 rpm.
The engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission system as the standard, which will undoubtedly result in the sprinting of the vehicle from zero-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. With the acceleration, the Golf R will have achieved 0.4 sec faster than its predecessor.
Optionally provided will be the DSG dual clutch auto transmission system, which if used will impact positively on the 0-60 mph, which will now be achieved in less than 4.9 seconds. The latter transmission system will make the vehicle a second quicker than the Ford Focus ST.
In comparison to the previous model’s engine specs, the new vehicle’s engine tops the list of high-tech features which include the redesigned cylinder heads, high pressure injection system, pistons, and a turbocharger.
In conclusion, the engine will send its power to the AWD system through the VW’s four Motion permanent AWD, which is the main culprit behind the impressive sprint times.
2016 Volkswagen Golf R Price & Release Date
The Sportswagen and R400 variants will go on sale in the North American market during the second quarter of this year. Expect the base model to set you back by around $36,595.