Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Something is brewing inside Volkswagen’s lab over there in Germany, and if these recent spy photos sent to us by our photographers are any indication, we might be in store for a special-edition Golf GTI sooner than later. The car itself is a little curious because the appearance of this mysterious Golf GTI caught us by surprise, something which you usually attribute to a special-edition model that’s in the middle of testing and development ahead of a unexpected reveal.

If that’s the case, we already know where the car is going, but that still doesn’t take away the fact that this model it’s suspected to be a more performance-oriented version of the Golf GTI. All the elements are certainly there to make that assumption. After all, the car was spotted taking in some hot laps at the Nurburgring and we all know that when somebody’s taking that route, it’s not because they’re in on a joyride.

On top of that, certain markings and components can be clearly seen that leads us to believe that this isn’t your ordinary Golf GTI. For one, there’s a new front lip spoiler, a can’t-miss, roof-mounted rear wing, lowered suspension, and a new set of 18-inch wheels, among other things.

Oh, and if you look just past the doors, you’re going to see a Wiechers sticker plastered on the sheet metal — as good a sign as any that there’s a racing pedigree to this Golf GTI. Wiechers, after all, is a German motorsport company that’s made a name for itself with its track-car parts and reason stands to suggest that there are a lot of Wiechers items inside this Golf GTI.

We’re hitching our wagons on this vehicle being a Golf GTI Club Sport that could make its debut at the 2014 Wörthersee this coming May. The timing seems to fit the schedule, so don’t be surprised if Volkswagen, who has a history of bringing along tuned-up versions of its lineup to Wörthersee, makes the official introduction then.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTI Club Sport.

If you listened to the Episode 004 of the TopSpeed Podcast , you’ll know that we all love the idea of Volkswagen creating a Golf R Wagon. While there are plenty of questions we don’t have answers to - will it be sold in the US, will it get more power to make up for the extra weight, will it even be affordable, etc. – one thing is certain, Volkswagen is making sure it will be blast to drive.

Just after we got our first spy shots of the Golf R Wagon sitting still, we now have photos of Volkswagen blasting this thing around the Nurburgring. Yes, that Nurburgring . Talk about having confidence in your cars.

If you missed the first post, the new Golf R Wagon will essentially just be a stretched version of the new Golf R . That means it gets motivation from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that is good for about 300 horsepower, and power is sent to all four wheels through Volkswagen’s trick Haldex-based AWD system.

Be careful not to drool on your keyboard. We hear it can cause electrical issues.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant.

The TopSpeed.com Podcast is back, and we have new recording equipment! That means we sound better than ever, and to celebrate we talk even longer than ever. Actually that last part was a tiny mistake, but we ended up with a full 90-minute show packed with awesome stuff for you guys. Hope you don’t mind.

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In this week’s Weekly Wheels, Mark and Justin had some competing compacts with the Toyota Corolla and the Kia Forte respectively. I came into the fray with the entertainment side of the party in the 2014 Porsche Cayman S .

News stories cover the Golf R Wagon spy shots, Alfa 4C updates , a new special edition car from Hennessey and the death of the Caterham/Renault alliance . We also cover Ford’s plans to recreate a PR stunt from the ’60s and the potential for a 400 horsepower, four-cylinder Porsche .

We had a few questions to go over in the Q/A section thanks to all of you awesome listeners out there including how we got into the business, what cars we think didn’t get enough love in the last decade and we discuss if hybrid is the way to go for supercars.

We wrap up the show with a brand new segment called Drive, Own, Burn. We get a choice of three cars; one we have to own forever, one car we get to drive once, and one car we have to burn outright and never get to touch. To continue with the Hybrid supercar theme, our choices were the Ferrari LaFerrari , McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 . Unsurprisingly, none of us quite agree, and Mark and Justin got it wrong.

If you enjoy the show, or have any questions, please let us know in the comments. You can also contact us via Email Podcast@TopSpeed.com, and we have a new Twitter handle as well: @TopSpeedPodcast.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekley Wheels: Porsche Cayman S, Kia Forte EX, Toyota Corolla

Volkswagen is getting dangerously close to creating what I would call the "perfect car." In this latest set of spy shots from our great photographers, we have what appears to be a Volkswagen Golf R Wagon. That means the same 300-horsepower, turbo four-cylinder engine, AWD and six-speed manual transmission from the Golf R with more space in the back for your milk, eggs, produce, soccer balls or whatever else you need to haul. It should also be available with the six-speed DSG for those who are allergic to the third pedal.

If you are sad that Subaru has killed the WRX hatch and the Outback XT, it looks like Volkswagen is coming to your rescue.

We have very little information about this car, and this prototype has shown up out of nowhere, but it’s very unlikely that this machine will hit US shores. Wagons don’t do well here, and high-performance hatches don’t do very well either. So, creating a combination high-performance wagon is basically a sales disaster in here in the U.S.

That said, Volkswagen, I would love you eternally if you would actually bring such a machine to the United States. Please.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R Variant.

Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Show to begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge ’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept , and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Geneva Auto Show

The Golf lineup is one of the most versatile in the world. If you take all of the engines available, you’ll find that it has gasoline, diesel , CNG and electric models available in the global market, but there are still some holes to fill, according to VW. These holes include the plug-in hybrid segment and the fuel cell market.

Well, the former will be filled as of the 2014 Geneva Auto Show — the fuel cell variant is still in development — as Volkswagen has prepared the Golf GTE, which is a plug-in hybrid that bridges the GTI and e-Golf . Volkswagen built this bridge by taking small elements from both the e-Golf and Golf GTI, and tossing them all into the GTE model.

This little German hatchback is ready to put the world on notice, most notably the BMW i3, that the time is now to start developing new technology.

So, does the GTE live up to all its hype, or is it simply another sub-par plug-in hybrid that has no rear benefits? Click past the jump to read more about the Golf GTE and find out what I think.

The Volkswagen Golf doesn’t carry nearly the same amount of cache as more powerful hatchbacks do, but when it comes to sports hatchbacks , you’ll find it difficult to name another one that’s as beloved by aftermarket company’s than the Golf .

As it is, the Golf’s reputation as a sports car trapped in a hatchback body has made it a tuning favorite, and the latest one to profess its admiration for the VW is Caractere, which is no stranger to working on Volkswagens .

The program is made up of both aesthetic and mechanical upgrades with Caractere working really hard to build a new aero kit that gives the Golf a more dynamic look and feel. The kit includes a new front lip spoiler, revised side skirts, a rear diffuser, a stainless-steel sports exhaust system and a new set of 18- or 19-inch CW1 light alloys. These five new elements play equally important roles on improving the Golf’s look, while also addressing the need for more performance balance brought about by the comprehensive engine tune the company gave it.

Speaking of the performance upgrades, Caractere offers a comprehensive program list that covers the full breadth of Golf trim models, beginning with the 1.6 TDI, which saw its output jump from 90 horsepower to 110 horsepower all the way to the most powerful Golf in the fold — the 2.0 TFSI — which increased its output from 270 horsepower all the way up to 310 horsepower.

It’s not the most mind-blowing Golf project we’ve seen, but in terms of overall likeness and authenticity, Caractere’s program for Volkswagen’s resident sports hatch gets high marks from us.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf VII

Source: Caractere

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is now on its seventh generation so with the car having been around that long, an assumption can be made that Volkswagen must be doing something right.

But even with the Golf’s popularity, the sports hatch could still use some extra lovin’, and that attention is being given in kind by BBM Motorsport. Known for its Volkswagen programs, BBM’s fascination for VW models is on display with its latest program for the seventh-generation Golf.

The program was made for the Golf GTI Performance, which already boasts an impressive 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in its standard guise. Seems like a modicum amount of output, right?

Not according to BBM, as it gave the Golf’s four-banger some extra goodies, including a new carbon intake kit and new custom down pipes with sports cats, to go with a modified electronics system. With these changes in tow, the Golf GTI Performance now boasts an output of 300 horsepower at 6,100 to 6,700 rpm and 324 pound-feet of torque at 2,150 to 4,750 rpm, sizable increases for Volkswagen’s resident sports hatch.

And just to give the Golf GTI Performance’s program more substance, BBM Motorsports also added a red wrap from SFT Carwrap Ibbenbueren, a set of 19-inch BBS wheels, a Supersprint bespoke exhaust system with 100 mm (3.94-inch) pipes, a Stoptech braking system with 328-by-25 mm (12.9-by-0.98-inch) rotors and four-piston calipers, and a KW suspension system that’s electronically adjustable between 20 to 55 mm (0.79 to 2.2 inches). They don’t sound like fancy upgrades, but you can’t underestimate their importance in making this program as well-rounded as it can be.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance

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Volkswagen unveiled the European version of the new Golf R at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but there was no information given on the U.S>-spec model. Well, the wait is nearly over, as we will see the U.S.-spec Golf R at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

The only downside is that we cannot get out hands on the the most powerful Golf ever until the first quarter of 2015 when the new Golf R will be put on sale as a 2016 model. That means that there will be no 2014 or 2015 Golf R.

The new Golf R will deliver about 34 horsepower more than the previous generation, but even so, it will be more fuel efficient than its predecessor and a bit faster. Along with the improved engine, the 2016 Golf R will come with a permanent all-wheel-drive system, sports suspension, high-performance brake system and a high-performance brake system.

Just like the first Golf R, which was launched back in 2009, the new model will be distinguished by a sportier look, a lowered ride and, of course, plenty of "R" logos. Volkswagen will continue to offer the model in an exclusive Lapis Blue Metallic paint, with another seven exterior colors offered.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R.

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Wilhelm Karmann GmbH - or simply Karmann - was one of the largest independent motorvehicle manufacturing companies in Germany, specially known for its products developed for Volkswagen . Two of the most famous vehicles developed by Karmann are Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet and the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia developed between 1955 and 1974.

Today, as a tribute to Karmann, Volkswagen launched the special edition Golf Cabriolet Karmann which is now on sale at a price of €27,275 — about $37,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new special edition can be combined with all the standard Golf Cabriolet engines and will be distinguished by special 17-inch Porto-style alloy wheels and various chrome elements. The interior is updated with sport seats upholstered in black Alcantara, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, and various "Karmann" logo placed both on the exterior and the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Karmann.


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