The all-new Volkswagen Golf R has been seen, and heard, on the move for the first time with the release of a new clip.
Released by Volkswagen, the video shows a race track janitor ‘stumble’ across the new Mk7 Golf R flagship before being sprung by the German manufacturer’s World Rally Championship-leading driver, Sebastien Ogier.
Ogier then proceeds to hammer the 221kW/380Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder all-wheel-drive hatch around the track, exploiting its six-speed dual-clutch transmission and ignoring its potential to use 6.9 litres of fuel per 100km.
Sharing its powerplant with the new Audi S3, S3 Sportback and S3 sedan, the Golf R claims a 0-100km/h best of 4.9 seconds – faster than the former two and equal to the latter.
With new U-shaped LED daytime running lights, smoked LED tail-lights and four chrome-tipped exhaust pipes, the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf R is expected to make its official debut on September 10 at the Frankfurt motor show before arriving in local showrooms in the first half of 2014.
Sebastien Ogier and his Volkswagen teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen are due in Australia later this month to compete in Round 10 of this year’s World Rally Championship, taking place around Coffs Harbour in New South Wales on September 12-15.