The Volkswagen is a German automobile brand that is very popular for its iconic looking vehicles. These vehicles are most commonly seen in European countries, especially in the United Kingdom. Volkswagen has produced quite a number of vehicles in their 74 years of existence but none has become more popular than their Volkswagen Golf vehicles. The Golf is a sporty hatchback vehicle that is commonly used as a race car because of its specifications and relatively low price. However, many people felt that the Golf could use more power. Volkswagen answered by manufacturing the buffed up version of the Golf, the New Volkswagen Golf R.
The Volkswagen Golf R is the top of the line model in the entire Golf vehicle line of Volkswagen. This vehicle has the best features and specifications in the Golf line, making it the most powerful and agile among these vehicles. In fact, this vehicle is so powerful that many racers prefer to use it as their default car during races. The Golf R also has many aftermarket add-ons and accessories that allow racers to customize the vehicle according to their preferences.
The New Volkswagen Golf R sports a 2.0 litre TFSI engine that has an improved horsepower output than the Golf GTI. The Golf GTI’s engine has only 220 horsepower whereas the Golf R’s engine has around 296 horsepower. The boost in engine power results to a faster acceleration rate of 62 miles per hour in only 5.3 seconds for the manual transmission, and only 4.9 seconds for the automatic transmission. The Golf R’s motor is also capable of producing up to 280 foot pounds of torque resulting to a maximum of 5500 revolutions per minute. The rate of revolution is sustained until the vehicle reaches its top speed of 155 miles per hour. The Golf R also has a unique cylinder head, a new exhaust valve, and a large turbocharger. These 3 hardware changes are the things that make the Golf R different from the GTI.
The Volkswagen Golf R comes in either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission. The manual transmission model has a rating of 33 miles per gallon for fuel efficiency while the automatic transmission model has a rating of 34 miles per gallon. The better fuel efficiency is due to the Golf R’s lower weight of 100 pounds compared to previous Golf models. The weight loss is attributed to the different architecture used for the Golf R’s design. In terms of interior specifications, the Golf R offers 3 driving modes that offer different rebound and compression rates.
These driving modes work in conjunction with 5 more modes that result to a great driving experience. Furthermore, the Golf R uses an all-wheel drive system for maximum response whenever the driver turns the wheel. Combining all these aspects together has resulted to a vehicle that is quick, agile, responsive, and very adaptable. Finally, the aerodynamic design of the vehicle reduces air drag, which means that acceleration is always kept at maximum.
Cars and Mother Nature usually do not go well together. Cars are the primary sources of human-made gas emissions that pollute the Earth. These emissions are called carbon monoxide and are harmful when inhaled by humans. They also pollute the air resulting to damage to the environment and unclean surroundings. To answer this problem, car manufacturers have begun to design vehicles that use electricity instead of gasoline to power the motor. Such vehicles are known as e-cars because of their use of electricity. These cars are also deemed cars of the future because of their promise in producing a better and cleaner world. One of these cars is the 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf.
The Volkswagen E-Golf is a purely electric vehicle that is made by famous German automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen. As its name implies, the E-Golf is an electric version of the more popular Volkswagen Golf. The E-Golf is very much alike the Golf when it comes to exterior but differs significantly when it comes to the interior. All the changes that were put in place were done to compensate for the fact that the E-Golf uses a less powerful motor than the Golf.
Battery and Motor
The Volkswagen E-Golf sports a 114 horsepower electric motor that is capable of producing 199 foot pounds of torque. The electric motor is powered by a 24.2 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery. These parts, as well as all other electrical components of the E-Golf, are produced exclusively by Volkswagen. For this reason, it is best to contact the company when ordering additional components or parts to ensure that there will be no compatibility issues.
Back to the vehicle, the electric motor can accelerate the vehicle up to 62 miles per hour in 10.4 seconds. The top speed of the E-Golf is tested to be at 87 miles per hour. These numbers are good considering that this vehicle is electrically powered. On top of that, Volkswagen has claimed that the battery can run the vehicle for 118 miles per charge. 118 miles is currently the longest distance that has been travelled by an electric vehicle on a single charge. The closest distance to this value is the 82 miles logged by the Honda Fit EV.
Aside from the vehicle’s battery and motor, the Volkswagen E-Golf also has additional features that are noteworthy for an electric vehicle. One of these features is the combination of 2 driving modes with four regenerative brake settings. The 2 driving modes are known as Eco and Eco Plus while the four regenerative brake settings are known as D1, D2, D3, and B. These features help in optimizing the capacity of the vehicle’s battery by allowing it to use as little power as possible when the vehicle does not require extra accelerating power. Another feature of the E-Golf is its compatibility with a DC quick-charger. Using a DC quick-charger will charge the vehicle up to 80 percent in only 30 minutes. This would ensure that the vehicle will have enough power to reach another charging station.
The Volkswagen Golf R has been a staple in the racing industry for quite some time now. This vehicle is the go to vehicle for racers who want an aerodynamically designed vehicle with features that are up to par with its price. In fact, the Golf R has become one of the most popular compact vehicles in the racing industry because of its success in winning races in the European continent. This 2014, the newest edition of the Volkswagen Golf R was just released at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. In the event, Volkswagen introduced the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R to the world.
The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is the strongest, most powerful, and most agile of all the Golf vehicles that Volkswagen has ever produced. Using the 2016 model year, Volkswagen makes a statement that this vehicle will be able to compete with other vehicles that will be released in the latter half of 2014 and early 2015. With its features and specifications, there is no reason to doubt Volkswagen’s statement.
The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R was designed to offer unprecedented power without compromising fuel efficiency and economy. The vehicle uses a 2.0 litre TSI four cylinder engine that is turbocharged to produce 290 horsepower and 280 feet pound of torque. The engine can go as fast as 5500 revolutions per minute and can accelerate the Golf R from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 5.3 seconds. This value is 0.4 seconds less than the previous Golf R, making the 2016 edition the fastest one yet. The 2016 edition comes in either a manual or a dual clutch automatic transmission. The automatic transmission further reduces the timed value from 5.3 to 4.9 seconds. Other features of this vehicle include redesigned components for the cylinder head, pistons, turbocharger, and high-pressure injection system. The vehicle also uses Volkswagen’s very own 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive setup.
The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R comes standard with 18 inch aluminium alloy wheels that have five spokes each. It also comes with a high-performance braking system that has 13.4 inch discs at the front and 12.2 inch discs at the rear. The suspension system for the 2016 Golf R is of the sports variety and will reduce the vehicle’s ground clearance by 0.8 inches. As a low vehicle, this introduces a more aerodynamic approach to racing, meaning air drag is lowered and accelerations will be unhindered by air resistance. The 2016 Golf R comes standard with 3 driving modes namely comfort, normal, and sport. These 3 driving modes can be used to change the driving style of the vehicle to better suit the needs of the driver. Alongside the driving modes is a driving profile selector which has 3 programs. The 3 programs further enable the driver to optimize his/her driving experience.
The major competitors of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R are the Ford Focus ST and the 2014 Mazda Speed 3. Both of these vehicles are compact and have a hatchback style. This means they have similar aerodynamic properties with the Golf R. In competitions where these three are pitted against each other, it all boils down to the different hardware components in the engine area as well as the skill of the driver to determine who would win.
At this moment, Volkswagen has 3 popular 7 seater models available, including the “Caddy Maxi Life” MPV, the VW Touran MPV and the Sharan MPV.
Everybody knows that Volkswagen is famous for its high level of build quality but it also has weak points such as a big price or an uninspiring design. They are able to create powerful and resistant cars, but they still have a lot of things to learn when it comes to design sophistication.
Even though, we must say that the three models below are not included in this category and they manage to combine style and power in order to offer you a perfect family car. It depends on you what to choose and you should take into consideration your budget, preferences and personality in opting for your 7 seater suv.
If you need space for seven full size adults then you need to choose a bigger car. Here you can read a small review of the three cars and you can easily establish what to choose for your family.
The 7 Seat VW Touran
VW Touran is a mid-size 7 seater and it can be considered as being the smaller brother of Sharan. It is extremely practical as a family car because it has a very nice interior which is more good looking than Ford S-Max’s one.
When it comes to disadvantages we should mention that it is not a very big car and it would be difficult for some adults to regularly use the additional seats because they have a very small leg space. If you do not use all the seven seats then you can be sure that you are going to have a lot of space and that you are going to be able to enjoy every ride with your gorgeous car.
There are also some advantages when it comes to a smaller car. You can find a lot of parking spots easier and you can park even on tight streets or supermarket car parks.
You can choose between several engine options such as the 1.2 petrol, 1.4 or 1.6 TDU or even the fast 2 liter TDI.
The most popular choice is the 1.2 petrol TSI one and it is able to offer you a nice and comfortable drive. The fuel economy ranges from 45 to 62 according to the model of engine that you choose. The price can also vary from £19.000 to £27.000.
The Volkswagen Sharan
VW Sharan is a large car with 7 seats and each occupant has plenty of room because the car has a very spacious interior and generous leg room. If you do not need that much extra space then the car is going to seem too big, especially because it is difficult to park and to maneuver. This is why many families consider the Peugeot 5008 as being more suitable for their needs than VW Sharan.
The interior is a very stylish one and it is perfect for a family no matter how demanding you are.
It is not something outstanding but it is classy and smart and you have nothing to complain about. An important advantage when it comes to a very big car is represented by the sliding doors. They are even more useful if you want to park in tight places.
You can also choose between several engine options available in both diesel and petrol varieties. The most popular choices among buyers are the 1.4 petrol one or even the 2 liter diesel car which can produce more horsepower. If you want your car to be perfect then you should choose a mid range model when it comes to the engine in order not to face the lack in capability that the basic engine model can have.
The price for this car starts from £24.000 to £33.000 according to the extra features that you want to add or to the engine model that you choose.
The VW Caddy
VW Caddy is one of the original cars that sported 7 seats and it is still an excellent car even if there are much more versatile models out there currently.
When it comes to the car’s aspect we must admit that it is not a very good looking car and we are glad that they also created a 2013 model which has an improved aspect.
Its new look is a “cooler” one and makes this car more attractive for buyers. The car is a very big one and it has a lot of room inside the cabin.
The vehicle is a simple one, nothing sophisticated about it and unfortunately it is not as flexible as other models (even cheaper ones). You can only purchase this car with a diesel engine, a 1.9 liter version which is a perfect combination between price and power. This car is easy to drive even if the road noise becomes evident at higher speeds.
A new concept from Volkswagen was recently announced, the Widebody Golf and it packs a 500 hp twin turbo V6 engine and all wheel drive.
The concept was first presented at the GTI festival at Worthersee but unfortunately all that they revealed were basic sketches. Recently the concept was entirely revealed and people were able to know everything about it and about its aspect. After seeing it, everybody has reached the same conclusion: Volkswagen did a great job in pushing the GTI envelope farther than any road going version to date. The car is not only powerful, but also good looking and fast, not to mention elegant and modern.
The engine is a 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 one and like we have already said the car reaches 503 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a dual clutch transmission. Its top speed is 186 mph in 3 seconds which is definitely an impressive feature for a car. We must not forget to mention the carbon ceramic brakes and the 20 inches wheels.
The aspect of the car is by far the most impressing thing about the new Volkswagen. The front fenders, the C pillars and the rocker panels extend wider than the rest of the body, which confers it a muscular stance. The interior is a modern and spacious one and it is a more driver focused space than other cars’ interiors.
It has deeply bolstered buckets, grippy Alcantara covering everything and a carbon fiber dash angled towards the driver. A very elegant and surprising detail about its interior is its red nylon loops for door handles which is extremely similar to the one that Porsche 911 GT3 RS has.
This concept is definitely one of the most outstanding one that Volkswagen has created and if you really want to impress everybody then this is the right car for you. All you have to do is to ensure that it has all the features that you need.
Do not forget that you must also do your best to ensure you can afford to buy and to take care of such a car. It is impossible not to love its incredible aspect and not to appreciate its modern and amazing characteristics. If you are searching for a new and powerful car then this can be exactly what you need in order to find the vehicle of your dreams.
Volkswagen has brought along to Geneva the R Cabriolet version of its well known hatchback. The new convertible version of the sixth-gen Golf stood right beside the Golf VII family (hatchback, estate, GTI) which is not an every-day sight to see.
The Golf VI-based R Cabriolet features an exclusive 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine that develops no less than 265 HP – 195 kW. All that juice goes to the wheels thanks to a 6-speed DSG transmission that helps the hot cabrio sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h (62 mph) in 6.4 seconds all the way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
On the styling side, the Golf VI R Cabriolet showcases new features like the chrome-tipped exhausts, side sill extensions, LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights. Customers can also opt for 18- to 19-inch wheels that work perfectly with the vehicle’s lowered suspension.
The interior of the ride reveals four individual sport seats and a fully electric insulated top which can be raised in 11 seconds and lowered in 9.5s at speeds of up to 29 km/h (18 mph).
The Golf VI-based R Cabriolet is expected to hit the European dealershops this spring.
Volkswagen seems eager to showcase its hybrid lineup since in the last few days, they revealed not only the plug-in hybrid variant of the seventh-generation Golf but also the e-Golf and the brilliant XL1. The hybrid variant model will probably go on sale next year along with the regular versions.
Volkswagen’s Golf plug-in hybrid uses the same powertrain as Audi’s recently unveiled A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid. As a reminder, the setup features a 150 HP – 110 kW 1.4-liter TFSI engine and an 102 HP – 75 kW electric motor, both connected to a dual-clutch e-S tronic 6-speed gearbox. Performance figures showcase a combined output of 204 HP – 150 kW and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) which is pretty much enough to accelerate the ride from 0 to 100 Km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds. More over, the vehicle averages around 188 mpg UK (156.5 mpg US or 1.5 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 35 g/km.
Notably, the German automaker says that the 2013 Volkswagen Golf plug-in hybrid can travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on electricity alone and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).
Volkswagen has finally decided to release more info about their amazing XL1 concept. The vehicle is scheduled to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month where it will presented in production form.
The Volkswagen XL1 is fitted with a two-cylinder 800cc TDI engine that generates 47 HP – 35 kW and an electric motor that develops 27 HP – 20 kW to form a total of 74 HP. The energy required by the electric motor is provided by a 5.5 kWh battery pack while the diesel engine averages around 0.9 liters / 100 km (261 mpg US or 313 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of just 21 g/km.
Furthermore, the vehicle has a drag coefficient of 0.189 and thanks to its carbon fiber body, it weighs only 795 kg (1752 lbs). Notably, Volkswagen has declared that the 3.888mm long and 1665mm wide XL1 plug-in hybrid will need around 12.7 seconds to reach the 100 Km/h mark (62 mph) and it will be able to reach a top speed of 160 km/h (99.4 mph). It can also travel 50 km (31 miles) on electricity alone but the range can be expanded to 499 km (310 miles) once the small 10-liter fuel tank is full. Other specifications include a double wishbone suspension and a semi-trailing link setup for the back, ceramic brake discs and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) anti-roll bars.
Volkswagen plans to build 50 XL1’s before putting it on a build-on-demand program. There’s no news about the price as of yet.
Volkswagen has blown the cover on its range-topping diesel version of the Golf VII ahead of its debut in Geneva next month.
On the design side of the question, the new Golf VII GTS weighs 1,302 kg (2,870 lbs) and features 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 tires that work perfectly with the new sports suspension. Compared to the standard Golf, the GTD version received sportier bumpers, a more prominent spoiler above the tailgate, wider side skirts, a chromed tailpipe and a diffuser. The interior cockpit showcases the usual GT-style with stainless steel pedals, sports steering wheel, black headlining and sport seats.
The vehicle is expected to go on sale this summer and it will be available with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter transversely-mounted common rail engine that develops 181 HP – 135 kW at 3,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. If we are to compare the new version to the old one, the Golf VII GTD is 13 HP (9.6 kW) and 22 lb-ft (29.7 Nm) more powerful.All that juice goes to the front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional dual-clutch 6-speed DSG.
The performance figures have improved as the 2013 Golf GTD accelerates from 0 to 100Km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds (DSG) and reaches a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph), whereas the Golf VI GTD topped at 222 km/h (138 mph). The average fuel consumption is also seeing better figures as the new Golf GTD returns 56 mpg US (67.3 mpg UK or 4.1 liters / 100 km) and has CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The old one returned 44.3 mpg US (53.3 mpg UK or 5.2 liters / 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
There are lots of speculations regarding the upcoming Volkswagen Golf R model, some of which might very well turn out to be true. Slated for an early 2014 debut, the VW Golf R wil certainly be one of the most powerful Golfs ever offered. Under the bonnet, the model is expected to use a 2.0-liter TSI engine that outputs no less than 286 HP – 213 kW and 379 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. All that power will be sent to the asphalt thanks to a fifth generation Haldex all-wheel drive system – which recently debuted on the Golf 4Motion – that is lighter and more responsive than its predecessor.
The vehicle will most likely be available with either a manual or automatic transmission, the latter being capable of sending the sporty hatchback from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in roughly 5.0 seconds. The top speed will be limited to 250 km/h (155 mph) just to keep things peachy.
Notably, the model is expected to be more fuel efficient thanks to the MQB platform and lightweight bodywork. Performance figures are also backed by the hatchbacks total weight that should tip the scales at 1200 kg (2645 lbs) so an average of 40.4 mpg UK (33.6 mpg US / 7.0 L/100km) might prove to be realistic.
The Volkswagen Golf R could be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, before being sent into production in late 2014. There’s no info about the price as of yet.
Source: Autocar via WCF