Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

The German automaker Volkswagen has just unveiled official details about the all new Golf R - "the strongest Golf produced". The new turbocharged Golf R will replace the Golf R32 and be placed above the Golf GTI in Volkswagen’s lineup.

The exterior the new Golf R features a set of Talladega wheels and upgraded brakes as well as a more aggressive front bumper complete with large air intakes, standard LED strips, a new designed R logo, Bi-Xenon headlights and the rest of the exterior benefits from color matched side skirt extensions and mirror housings painted in a high gloss black paint. On the inside, the Golf R is distinguished by fine leather contrasting with piano black and chrome surfaces, the new “Top Sport seat system”, R gearshift knob, specific floor mats and aluminum kick plates featuring the new R logo along with a set of stainless steel sport pedals as well as an R specific instrument cluster.

Under the hood, Volkswagen placed a 2.0 Liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that delivers 270 HP at 6,000 RPM and sends the new Golf R from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.7 seconds thanks in part to the car’s all wheel drive system. This is almost a full second faster than the old R32’s 6.5 second 60 MPH sprint time, while Golf R’s top speed is still electronically limited to 155 MPH.

Updated 01/25/10: Volkswagen revealed a new image gallery for the new Golf R. Check it out!

Updated 12/09/2010: Volkswagen has officially confirmed today that the Golf R will be available on the US market starting 2012. It will be offered in both two and four door version and will feature upgraded sport tuned suspension, 18" alloy wheels, different R elements and the most important part: manual transmission only. The US version will make its world debut in January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show.

Press release after the jump.

The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may be all fun and jokes in front of the camera, but despite their cunning wit and silly banter, these three all share a unique similarity: they know everything and anything there is to know about cars.

When they say a car is good or bad, their opinions carry more clout than the standard human because they’ve done their homework through countless hours of testing, free drives, and taped segments on the show. And now that we’re nearing the end of an amazingly eventful year, the trio have decided to finally release their choice of vehicles that will be included in the 11th Top Gear Awards.

With categories ranging from Hypercar of the Year, Grand Tourer of the Year, Coupe of the Year, and even Engine of the Year, the three hosts took everything they’ve seen, heard, and driven in 2010 to come up with a winner for each respective category.

In addition to these categories, Clarkson, May, and Hammond also picked their favorite cars of the year regardless of make, model, and type. Care to find out the award winners?

Check them out after the jump.

Source: Top Gear

As one of the most esteemed auto magazines in the world, Car and Driver’s annual “Top 10 Cars” is always a good barometer for automakers to see if one – or maybe two – of their vehicles made it to the list. With a readership that spans the entire world, Car and Driver’s Top 10 list is read by millions of people so it’s kind of a big deal for these companies. From the usual suspects to a number of new surprises, the “Top 10 Cars” will reveal what cars the magazine is highly recommending for the next calendar year.

In determining which cars make it to the list, editor-in-chief, Eddie Alterman explains: “In our testing, we are looking for those automobiles that deliver spectacular value, real driver engagement, and the highest fulfillment of their intended mission.”

He continues: “Our testing takes place over a week on real roads in the real world, marshaling more than 60 new test cars and our entire editorial staff. It’s a real workout, and the best cars on the market emerge victorious."

For 2011, the list has a number of old guards that have made multiple appearances while there are others that are making their inaugural face-time. Just to give you an idea on what to expect, three American, German, and Japanese models made it to the list with the other spot going to a model from South Korea. There are also three cars – the Audi S4 , the Mazda3 , and the Ford Fusion Hybrid – that dropped out of the list, which means that you’re going to be seeing a number of new entries making it to the Top 10.

So without further ado, Car and Driver’s “Top 10 Cars for 2011” after the jump.

Source: Car and Driver

While we all swoon over the fastest and most powerful supercars on the planet, a market segment that’s becoming increasingly popular among car enthusiasts is that of the hot hatchback variety.

Despite not having the aesthetic styling of more touted sports cars, hot hatches have been given one that thing was only previously exclusive to sporties: high-powered engines. Add that to the growing fascination aftermarket companies have given to hatchbacks and it doesn’t seem surprising anymore that cars like the Volkswagen Golf R are being given some pretty sweet performance upticks, one of which, was done by MR Car Design.

Details after the jump.

With just a few days before the official debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed the official details on the convertible version for their Golf model. The model will go on sale starting tomorrow, and in Germany the prices will start from 23.625 euro - or about $32,000 at the current exchange rates. All of the features offered in the classic, hard top Golf are also available in the new Golf Cabriolet.

The new Golf Cabrio will be offered with a choice of six gasoline engines, with power ranging from 105 to 210 HP. A diesel engine will also be offered combined with BlueMotion Technology.

The first distinctive feature is the car’s innovative soft top with an electro-hydraulic drive that opens the Golf’s top in just 9.5 seconds. It can be operate while driving at speeds of up to 30 km/h.

Hit the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Cabrio.

Volkswagen has unveiled a new entry level Golf for the British market. Called Twist, the new model is priced at costs £12,995 in the three door version and the five-door version will add an extra £585.

The new Golf Twist is powered by a 1.4-liter petrol engine that develops a total of 80 HP and 97 lbs ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The sprint from 0 to 62 mph i s made in13.9 seconds and the new model has a top speed of 107 mph. The Golf Twist has a combined cycle economy figure of 44.1 mpg and CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.

It will be offered with 16-inch ‘Atlanta’ alloy wheels, RCD 310 radio system with MDI multimedia connectivity and a front center armrest to the comprehensive list of standard equipment. Safety features will include: ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and seven airbags.

Press release after the jump.

When Volkswagen unveiled theGolf R everyone was impressed. Called "the strongest Golf produced", the Golf R delivers 270 HP at 6,000 RPM and makes the 0-60mph sprint in 5.7 seconds. Not exactly a car we’d classify as a highlight on a any of our pages, but impressive enough for a Golf. Of course, not everyone thought so. Instead, Wimmer Tuning looked at the Golf R and said, "we can do better." After that, the „RED DEVIL V-Projekt“, an impressive tuning package for the Golf R , was born and brought with it an amazing 478 HP.

In order to obtain this impressive performance, the tuner had a lot of work to do. We’re talking engine electronics tuning, turbocharger tuning, changes in the piping and injection nozzles, TFSI tuning, tuning of the crank shaft, and tuning of the connecting rods. Wimmer also provided changes of the lamp coating, cylinder head, large aftercooler, air intake system, and air intake pipe. They weren’t done there either. The tuner then went on to add an additional fuel oil heater, another oil pump, and sport camshafts. Finishing it off was a completely handmade high-grade steel sports exhaust system with 84 mm in diameter, a 100 - cells sports catalyst converter, and a race sport coupling. The result in an impressive 478 HP (up from 270) and 610 NM of torque. Top speed has also been increased to 180 mph.

Much more impressive than the Volkswagen Golf GTI that Wimmer tuned last year, the tuning package for the Golf R actually makes us want to take a ride in one, which is not a typical scenario for us. Wimmer absolutely hit the ball out of the park with this one. Nice job, fellas!

Press release after the jump.

The Golf R is the most powerful Golf in Volkswagen’s line-up, but even the most powerful vehicle can be improved, right? Take Mcchip DKR’s package for example. This package allows the quick little hatchback to get a 45hp jump thanks to a little reprogramming.

The program includes a software optimization kit and the results in an impressive output of 315 HP and 440 Nm of torque instead of the 270 HP and 350 Nm that came standard. Not only did the engine get a boost, but the tuner also provided a set of H&R lowering springs. Mcchip did not reveal any details on how these changes affected the car’s performances, but we expect to get a removal of the top speed limiter and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5.7 seconds.

The car comes painted in an amazing white and sits on 19 inch OZ Ultraleggera alloys wrapped in high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

The price for the whole package is 4440 euro.

Tuning a Volkswagen Golf GTI is not something that is rare and unusual. In fact, you’ll probably be able to catch at least one tuning kit a week for the sporty hatchback. But instead of an onslaught of mediocre kits for the GTI, we usually just present the amazing programs here on TopSpeed. Hey, that’s what we’re here for, right? And to be true to our word, here is the new tuning kit from Neuss that includes both styling and power upgrades.

Obviously, we are going to start with the most important upgrade in our books: the engine. In its standard version, the GTI delivers a total of 207 HP, but Neuss has changed that by adding a new exhaust system by Eisenmann and an ap-X screw thread. These little changes add up to a power boost that brings the Volkswagen Golf GTI to a total of 265 HP with a maximum torque of 390 Nm.

If the package was just left with the power increase, we would be happy. However, Neuss has taken it just a step further by adding ASA GT2 wheels, which are 8x19 inches in size and sold with rubber tires in 225/35 R19. The Golf GTI also receives a Car HiFi Entertainment System with a full assembly of speakers from Rainbow. This set includes High speakers CAL 27 SILK VOF, Midrange Speakers 100 Vanadium, and a Woofer 165 Vanadium Phase Plug.

Yes, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is no Ferrari, but a lot of us can’t afford a Ferrari anyway so that really doesn’t make a difference. What a lot of us can afford is a Golf GTI, and it’s nice knowing the tuning firms haven’t forgotten about that.

Press release after the jump.

The German tuner, Je Design, is coming at us with a new tuning conversion for the Volkswagen Golf GTI . The main idea behind the project was to offer the same amount of power as the Golf R , but also to improve the car’s aerodynamics and individual look.

The 2.0-liter turbo engine has been tuned to deliver a total of 270 HP (up from the standard 210 HP) and a peak torque of 370 NM (instead of the usual 280 NM). The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 159 mph.

The aerodynamic package includes a new front spoiler with the central, carbon-look spoiler sword, new side skirts, new rear skirt insert in carbon-look, and trapezoid, stainless steel sports end pipes. The package is finished by 19" matte black, light alloy wheels Multispoke with the matte silver edge trim.

Overall, we think this is a much better package for the Golf GTI then the anticlimactic package given to the GTI by Weitec . Weitec only allotted for changes to the suspension and the addition of Lambo doors, which are just silly without some sort of boost in speed. JE Design was able to provide the added edge to the look of the vehicle while also playing with the engine a little bit making their tuning kit much more rounded and ideal for the serious Golf lover.

Press release after the jump.

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