The next-generation Volkswagen Golf R has been teased encased in an online ice cube ahead of its unveiling on February 11.

Volkswagen’s flagship high-performance hot-hatch will be ‘thawed’ in 11 days’ time on the brand’s German website, giving us our first look at the all-new model before it makes its international debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show on March 5.

It’s unclear at this stage whether Volkswagen plans to reveal the Golf R production car at Geneva or if it will show a near-showroom-ready concept car as it did with the Golf GTI at last September’s Paris motor show.

The teaser image conceals most of the meatier details of the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf R, although it’s clear the signature Rising Blue paint and black alloy wheels of the current model will carry over into the new car.

The next-gen Golf R is expected to feature a slightly detuned version of the new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder from the upcoming Audi S3. Its output should fall somewhere between the 221kW/380Nm Audi and the 199kW/350Nm of the current Golf R (188kW/330Nm for Australia’s hot-weather climate) – giving it a decent advantage over the 169kW and 350Nm of the new Golf GTI Performance Pack variant.

Like the current model, six-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions will be employed to send drive to all four wheels.

The new Volkswagen Golf R is expected to go on sale in Australia in 2014 following the arrival of the standard Golf Mk7 range in the coming months and the Golf GTI later this year.

Expect more details of the new Golf R to be revealed following its digital defrosting next month.




  • F1orce

    Why is it de tuned?

    • Amlohac

      Our hotter weather here makes turbos unhappy.

      Do as most do, fork out the $1200 to chip the balls out of it

    • Amlohac

      Das Turbo nien like zee varm climate.

    • Dimka100

      Hahaha
      another detuned model … and that’s on top of the price being a total rip-off
      in this country anyways.

      The last
      engine was detuned due to our (read Asian) hotter and more humid climate VS the
      Europe, actually I think the USA model is detuned as well.

      As for those who like to get their cars tuned by a tuner … well it’s
      all well and good but remember that you are losing your engine/drivetrain warrantee
      on what is an expensive car! That’s the reason why I’m not getting my bogan dinosaur
      engine that was NOT detuned for our hot and humid climate tuned while in the warrantee
      period.

      • Golfmother

        Really you got a dino falcoon , what a rip off , RIP 2014 .

        • Just saying

          Oh. Awesome reply Golfmother. You sure showed him!

          • Golfmother

            Back in your falcoon .

    • Autolove

      Fuel quality? Anyone else find that stupid pop-up on the bottom left bloody annoying???

  • TG

    Oh the nanny state here would ban that speedo in the blink of an eye. :D

  • Dave W

    10 bucks says it’ll look fairly “conservative” and just an “evolution” of the MkVI.

    Golf and Porsche, just can’t get excited about their new car unveiling. You know they’re just gonna look more or less the same.

    • Golfschwein

      Of course it will be an evolution! :) That’s what’s liked and expected among those who will like them and buy them. And if it’s not liked, there are plenty of other makers who will oblige.

      • Golfmother

        The secret of their succcess, evolution , must drive the asian makers crazy , cannnot help themselves with overstyling and a whole new look every 4/5 years which makes the previous model look so yesterdays .

        • Lenny

          I don’t think the “asian makers” really think/care much about it. They seem to be doing pretty well if you look at sales. Perhaps there’s more than one way to succeed…

        • Dave W

          At least when you buy a new Asian car, people won’t mistake it for the old model.

          • Golfmother

            And the old model devalues instantly , much faster than the herman cars , the veloshi looks old now , bit like the i45 will date so fast .

          • Autolove

            Golf 5 to Golf 6 looks are chalk and cheese with those hideous Mk5 headlights.

          • Dave W

            What’s the resale value of a Golf? Around 66% and lower than the basic Corolla Ascent at 72%. Try again buddy.

          • Fght

             That’s only for the Ascent sedan and I suspect it might be a mistake as the Ascent hatch and the entire rest of the Corolla range (sedan or hatch) are at %66.

        • Zaccy16

          i agree, the koreans are a prime example of over styling, the new golf looks different from the gen 6 but not so different that its not recognisable as a golf, the new r will be super fast!

          • Golfmother

            Still love the look of the mk5 GTI , has not dated like many others from 2004 , what does an 04 corolla look like , forgotten already , so its not memorable .

          • Dave W

            Really? The R32 looks as dated as the Corolla from around the same time.

        • Autolove

          Yeah like the Corolla. Such unbelievable changes between each model……

    • Guest12

      Yeah it’s a successful marketing strategy & what their customers want.

    • Luke Brinsmead

      Evolutionary appearance may not look modern to some. It’s ironic then that the new Golf has many modern features.

  • Oliver Cromwell

    so it doesnt cannibalise S3 sales anymore than it already does (they are both effectively the same albiet with cosmetic differences).

    • Zaccy

      and about $20k

    • Amlohac

      Its a few more then cosmetic you’ll find. Suspension, different. Engine tune, different. Over all build quality is much different. Gear box is actually different from what i’ve recently discovered. The audi is lighter as well apparently. Have yourself a good hard Google and check it out.

      • APSV

        It’s a pity that such huge differences hasn’t done much to prevent it from cannabalising S3 sales.

      • Oliver Cromwell

        Spare me your condescending tone. Sorry, my response was to “Why is it detuned?” by F1orce, but I accidently didnt post as reply. Now why is it detuned could relate to a couple of things, such as why is the current S3 detuned compared to Europe, we have been told that it is due to our climate, however it could be more likely that it is due to our fuel is not quite as refined as it is in Europe. Why the new Gold R detuned compared to the S3 would more or less be to justify the price discrepancy as which going of the current models typically outweighs the cosmetic and technical differences (Google it).

        • F1orce

          You can easily find 98+ron almost everywhere nowadays..

          Also the weather excuse isn’t enough, well unless your driving in the desert or in the tropic, which isn’t the case.

          • Golfschwein

            I’ve never understood the fuss about this. We have a choice to take the manufacturer’s word for it…or not take the manufacturer’s word for it. Who knows best, I wonder?  And for a manufacturer who cops enough heat of an entirely different variety on these blogs, shouldn’t we be grateful that this is one thing that they’ve researched and exercised caution with? 

          • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

            i understand your point about the flak VW get, however, they are one of the largest and most succesful car companies at the moment and their R&D budget is through the roof so what everyone is saying is ‘WHy cant you sort your sh*t out like other manufacturers or is it a case of playing it safe due to things being at their limit in terms of reliability?
            A lot of people (you included sometimes) bag every manufacturer and wont take their word for things as most of us see through marketing for what it is. Detuning the engine will not hurt sales but will increase more aftermarket tuneing and more loss of warranty on engine and transmission which means less $$ spent on claims by the manufacturer. Why should we need to tune it back to euro specs when almost all other manufacturers dont do this.
            Be honest and give us everything.
            I have a suspicion after speaking to my service dept that there are some small differences to fuel and knock sensors due to a misconception we have dodgy fuel.
            This is no longer the case and hasn’t been for quite a few years now.

  • Amlohac

    And quiet a lot of it no doubt.

  • Ryan Richter

    It’s not that hard to find someone to retune it anyway, and get an Audi S3 intercooler fitted to the Golf to better cope with zee varm climate. (which is only a couple of weeks during summer).

  • Mikey

    Wasn’t the ice block idea was used by Ford for the XD Falcon tease?

    • Golfmother

      Doubt it, the XD rusted before your eyes .

      • Just saying

        Yeah, because no other car from that era had rust issues.

        • Golfmother

          Volvo’s never rusted or mercs from the 80′s .

          • Just saying

            Good job. You found 2 brands, out of how many at the time? Interesting that you couldn’t include VW in there.

          • Golfmother

            Falcoon was the worst , not many VW’s sold in OZ in the 80′s , so get over it .

      • Robin_Graves

        search for ‘GMKILR XD’ on youtube – see what an XD with a dino engine goes like.

    • Noel

      Yes Mikey it was…..LOL Volkswagen…..

      Ford’s tag line was “we have your new car on ice”, great marketing campaign that saw the start of the Falcon over taking the Commodore in the 80′s

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    why must it run on 98 RON fuel. other high performance cars run perfect (read Not detuned) on 95 RON yet VW insist on 98 with similar power to them or less. same size engine same geometry essentially, i4 Turbo intercooled, why cant the get their act together on this simple little issue. seems like the japanese have ironed out all but their super high performance models yet a mundane GTi cannot, palease.

    O yeah, forgot to add They still detune on 98. WTF

    • Golfmother

      Not  a drama , i can run mine on 95 or 98 even with stage 1 , one interstate trip in the mk5 i had to use 91 to get home , ran okay , back on 95 the next day .

      • Autolove

        mk5. So you got the ugly one. Bad luck fella!

        • Golfmother

          ROFL  i had mk5 , now a mk6 , pay more attention corolla boy .

          • Force-15

            That’s because you go through VW Golfs every three years before the engine/transmission/electricals get a chance to pack up outside of warranty.

          • Golfmother

            Lease falcoon man , and good retained value at trade time ,unlike the death star falcoon heading for extinction .

      • Hung Low

        98 is recommended because the more refined fuel decreases the carbonisation issues with valves and upper combustion chamber with DI engines, not necessarily due to octane. My suspicion for the detune is that it is easier for VW to lower the boost rather than address the crappy knock sensor calibration and associated factory tune.

        • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

          the Golf engines aren’t direct injection though.

          i suspect your other answer is the case.

          • Smoothcall

            Yes they are

          • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

            we sell them and no they are not.

  • Warboyrb

    People go and buy 70-80K car then complain they need to run it on 98RON – seriously guys. If you can afford the car then you should be able to afford few extra bucks per week for some better fuel.

    • Golfmother

      So right , if you buy on the right day its around $1.50 , next day you see dumbo’s buying 91 at $1.50 .

    • Robin_Graves

      Golfs save a lot of fuel by getting towed around on a flat top. They must be concentrating on their woeful reliability because they havent done anything to the looks for years. Looks as tired and old as the last 2 models.

  • Autolove

    That motor will be a hand grenade. There is a good reason no other manufacturer gets those figures out of a 2L Turbo from Factory.

    • Golfmother

      Plenty of other makers get those figures from 2l turbo , not toyota bit low tech .

      • Robin_Graves

        Plenty of other makers dont need a new motor every service. No wonder its on ice, might hand grenade before its left the showroom. Looks like a 2004 model frozen in time.

  • Car Fanatic

    Their engines don’t last 50k?

    Better tell mine to pack it in then, it’s at 80k and never missed a beat. Hey Robin, how’s your new job as ambassador for McDonalds?

  • Robin_Graves

    Well said.  I think the rear wheel drive scares them because they cant drive.  Understeering bum draggers for image enthusiasts.

  • Xristo303

    lets do the maths here.
    $56k for a Golf R 188kw, AWD, DSG that does 5.5 sec 0-100
    or
    $61k for a 318D 2.0L diesel, that will take 2 days to 0-100

    I drove a golf, and never considered a BMW. 

  • Golfmother

    Better start learning robin , 2014 death of the falcoon , then you can change your name to mondeo man.

    Better ditch the G6E now while its still worth $15k , less by years end .

  • Just saying

    Get it right Golfie. It’s death comes in 2016. There’s a new model in 2014. That’s the last of the Falcon before we get the fat Taurus. I like the Mondeo but, I prefer the feel of RWD. Guess ill be looking elsewhere.