Volkswagen Middle East has debuted the all-new Golf R in the region at the opening day of the 2014 Qatar Motor Show in the presence of Christian Klingler, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, and WRC champion Sebastian Ogier.

The flagship model of the Golf series is the most powerful and dynamic Golf yet and is set to arrive at Volkswagen dealers across the Middle East in June of this year.

Speaking from the Qatar Motor Show, Managing Director of Volkswagen Middle East, Thomas Milz, said:

Despite this cars exceptionally agile driving performance and 25 HP more power, fuel consumption of the new Golf R has been reduced to just 7.5l/100 km from the previous model. This model delivers a pure dynamic drive thanks to a newly configured sport suspension system with the body height lowered by 20 mm and a new progressive steering system and ‘ESC Sport’, which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track. The new Golf R offers extreme driving fun so Golf fans in the Middle East have a lot to look forward to.’

The new compact sports car is powered by a newly designed 280 HP TSI engine, which is 25 HP stronger while being up to 18 per cent more fuel efficient than its most recent predecessor. With a six speed clutch gearbox, the new Golf R completes the classic sprint in 5.0 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h. Like all three previous Golf R models, the new vehicle also transfers its turbocharged engine power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system.

Providing even more fuel efficiency, the new Golf R is equipped with an optional 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). The new model includes an extensive package of customised and exclusive features including specially designed bumpers, side sills and 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-U design), dark red LED rear lights and two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes.

The Middle East launch of the new Golf R follows the official opening of the new state of the art Volkswagen showroom in Doha, by the sole dealer for Volkswagen in Qatar, Q-Auto. Volkswagen dealers across the region continue to invest in servicing facilities as part of the brands ongoing commitment to Service Excellence, with a total of five new showrooms expected to open in the first quarter of 2014.