The New VW Golf R Is 296 Horsepower Of Hot Hatch Anger

The Golf R seems to be hit or miss. The first R32 was loved by basically everyone while the second car was panned by basically everyone. And the last Golf R was, well, it was kind of forgettable. But now there's a new one, and if it's as good as the new GTI supposedly is, it'll be amazing.

The new Golf R sticks with the formula of all-wheel drive and turbo power that was in the last R, but this time there's a power boost up to 296 horsepower. Combined with the DSG gearbox, the new R gets to 60 in just 4.9 seconds.

Pretty friggin' quick, right?

It's also more economical, but do you care about that? I didn't think so. You care about speed and power. It has that. And looks. It has that too.

The New VW Golf R Is 296 Horsepower Of Hot Hatch Anger

The Mk VII Golf took every part of the Mk VI and made it tighter. It has narrower lamps and a lot more angles. I hated it when I first saw it, but it has really grown on me. And in R guise, it looks seriously sinister.

Frighteningly so, actually. I am a little upset by one styling cue, though. The center exit exhausts, a Golf R staple, are now gone. They've been replaced by quad pipes, which I think are a bit much for a 2.0 turbo and a bit much for a hatchback. But I'm not on VW's design team so I didn't get much say anyway.

The Golf R seen here is the European version, which will go on sale at the end of 2013 over that way. We probably won't see the R until the 2015 model year if we get it (I bet we do), which is also when we'll see the GTI and Golf. So we have a bit of a wait. Like usual.

It's ok, this one looks like it just might be worth it.