The updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' range has been joined this week by the anticipated 2017 Golf R flagship models, not revealed with the wider range in November.
As expected, the R hatches (which still includes a three-door option in Europe) and wagon pick up the same styling tweaks gifted to the rest of the line-up, including new bumpers and updated LED lighting at both ends.
Specific mechanical and chassis changes, if any, have not been detailed, although Volkswagen has confirmed a moderate power boost for the R range.
For 2017, the Golf R's existing 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will offer 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque, up from the 221kW and 380Nm previously offered to buyers in the European markets.
In Australia, the current R offers 206kW (and a matching 380Nm), thanks to our status as a 'hot weather' destination.
Volkswagen Australia communications manager Paul Pottinger told CarAdvice today "213kW is the word", matching the related Audi S3 and the brief overboost output of the Golf GTI 40 Years Edition currently on sale here.
A torque boost for our market is still to be detailed, but, like the S3, it may hold steady at 380Nm.
The Golf R wagon is also expected to return to Australia, with the company's local arm indicating to CarAdvice previously that the success of the Golf R Wolfsburg Edition wagon means we will likely see another.
The updated Golf R is expected to hit Australia early in the third quarter of 2017, after the mid-year arrival of the regular 2017 Golf range.
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