It’s the hottest Golf R yet… and you probably didn’t even notice.
Amongst all the supercars, estates, and SUVs on display at the Geneva Motor Show, VW quietly introduced a hot new addition to its lineup. The Golf R Performance, pictured here in yellow, is the hottest hatch in the VW lineup, and comes with a few extra features that you might not find on the standard hatchback.
As first noted by PistonHeads, the Golf R Performance was seen wearing a new Akrapovic exhaust system and Pirelli Trofeo R tires – the same tires that can be found on the Huracan Performanté. It also reportedly comes with a “new shock absorber adjustment,” which may offer a range of ride height settings.
Other upgrades to the package include 17-inch brakes, and a new top speed of 166 miles per hour. VW says in the first teaser that the Performance package is "even rawer, even less compromising, even more strong-willed."
Visually, the car gets a few upgrades like a new air curtain on the front fascia, better airstream guidance on the side sills, and a new motorsport-inspired rear diffuser. New wheels and piano black trim fitments finish off the package.
What’s not clear is whether the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine under the hood will get a bump in power. After an update, it now sends 310 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque to the wheels via a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed DSG automatic, and returns a 0 to 62 mph time of just 4.6 seconds.
No word in pricing or availability just yet, but with the standard Golf R hatchback starting at £31,865 with a manual gearbox, and £33,280 with a DSG auto, expect the Performance package to be a step up from that.