Volkswagen will unveil the 2010 VW Golf R at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show. The Golf R will share basic underpinnings with the recently-unveiled Scirocco R plus it'll add VW's 4Motion AWD. Only other difference? We'll probably get this one.

Replacing the heavy naturally-aspirated 3.2-liter V6 found in the Golf V R32 will be a 2.0-liter gas turbo engine with 265 HP. That'll help give the Golf R a 0-to-62 time of about 6.5 seconds for the 6-speed manual and 6.4 seconds for the DSG model.

Those are numbers that'll compare really well with the Audi S3 and the TT S — both share the same engine with the the Golf R.


On the looks side of the package, if you thought it would be a basic upgrade on the GTI — you'd be wrong. The car features a host of changes like a new front grille with LED daytime running lights, a different set of wheels, R side sills, R badging at the rear and twin pipes that look like they almost come together in the middle. The interior also gets some more "sport" as well with two-tone sports seats, aluminum pedals and R badging in places like the flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The good news for US fan-boys at VWVortex is the Golf R is still headed for North America, according to recent reports. We look forward to playing with one if that's the case. [VW via WorldCarFans]