2017 Volkswagen Golf R Mk7.5 on sale in Australia in August

Specifications and features for the Australian-bound 2017 Volkswagen Golf R Mk7.5 have been announced. It will come in as the quickest accelerating production Golf to hit our shores.

Joining the recent Mk7.5 Golf range, the new Golf R is again the hottest of hot hatches. It features a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder producing 213kW and 380Nm (up from 206kW in the outgoing Golf R), equating to a 0-100km/h time of just 4.8 seconds.

Buyers will be able to select between a six-speed manual transmission or a new seven-speed dual-clutch ‘DSG’ automatic. As before, engine power is sent to all four wheels via a Haldex all-wheel drive system, labelled ‘4MOTION’ by Volkswagen.

As standard, the Mk7.5 Golf R will come with a load of features and creature comforts, including a new ‘Discover Pro’ 9.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system with App-Connect technology, gesture control and voice recognition, along with Vienna leather upholstery, a digital ‘Active Info Display’ similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, and heated front seats.

On the driving side of things the Golf R will come with adaptive suspension and a driver profile selections, along with a locking differential, performance brakes, 19-inch ‘Spielberg’ wheels wrapped in sports tyres, and a neat bodykit with front and rear spoilers.

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Volkswagen Australia has also confirmed the GTI model will come with the higher output 2.0-litre turbo producing 169kW, which was previously found in the GTI Performance variant. It will come with an 8.0-inch touch-screen, 18-inch Milton Keynes wheels, adaptive suspension, and a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG auto with front-wheel drive.

The 2017 Golf Mk7.5 range will launch in Australia in July, while the Golf GTI and Golf R will arrive mid-August. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.