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  Volkswagen Golf R
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2017
Internal name:Type 5G
Source:Company press release
Last updated:August 06, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionEver since the first Golf R32 was introduced in 2002, it has been no secret that the all-wheel drive Golf R is a sports car that also impresses in everyday driving. It is a genuine Golf. What is fascinating, however, is how the R concept has been transferred to an estate model to create a new combination of 'space' and 'race' qualities. With a luggage volume of 605 to 1,620 litres, the new Golf R Variant is likely the most spacious 310 PS family sports car on the market. To be fair, it should be mentioned that the 'standard' Golf R is also capable of handling any holiday, especially with two people travelling, based on its luggage capacity of 343 to 1,233 litres. Customers who want to make the fast alliance of 'space' and 'race' qualities properties even more dynamic can do this now by ordering an R-Performance titanium exhaust system.

Igor Akrapovic of Slovenia is actually a race car driver by training. But one day he hung up his race suit and began to develop exhaust systems - sport exhaust systems. They are so impressive that Volkswagen worked together with Akrapovic to develop an R-Performance titanium exhaust system for the new Golf R. It will be available for the two- and four-door Golf R (not the Variant). Its name says it all. Like nearly all Akrapovic systems, titanium is also used as the material for the system that is available for the Golf R. The use of this precious metal reduces weight by 7 kg compared with the standard production model's exhaust system. The Akrapovic R-Performance system gives the Golf R an incomparable sound. It ranges from comfortable cruising sound to motorsport sound, according to the driving profile. Especially at high revs and when shifting gears, a sound is generated that is typical of Akrapovic systems - finely tuned, never too loud and yet always fascinating. Like the standard production systems, the Akrapovic system has four exhaust pipes in the Golf R, but they have a fully independent design layout.

Another optional feature available for all Golf R versions is a 'Performance' brake system with a silver R logo plate on the brake callipers. The unit is 2 kg lighter than the production system and thereby reduces unsprung masses. The Performance brake system is extremely durable, especially on the circuit racetrack and with the high brake component temperatures that occur there. The front brake discs are what are known as "built pin discs". In this construction, the brake pot is made of aluminium, while the friction ring is cast steel and is joined to this aluminium brake pot by cast pins. This allows it to expand radially when heated. Other benefits of the brake discs, along with their durability, include their very precise metering. To further improve their hot braking behaviour, the Performance brakes have special brake linings on the front axle. In addition, semi-slick tyres and a 'Performance package' are also available. The latter consists of the removal of speed limiting, the Performance brake system, an additional spoiler lip on the roof spoiler (not on Variant) and a choice of 19- inch "Spielberg" or "Pretoria" alloy wheels.

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