The Volkswagen Golf R is set to get mild updates for the 2018 model year. Although full specs for the U.S. version aren't available yet, the European model revealed late last year gives us a good sense of what to expect.
While the appearance of the Golf R will look much like the current car from the outside, the cabin setup is getting a round of changes. For 2018, VW will add an updated touchscreen display with support for gesture control. Also new is a fully digital gauge cluster that sports a vibrant display akin to the latest offerings from Audi.
Under the hood, the European car benefits from a boost in power from 292 hp to 305 hp. As before, this is based on a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. A dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) is also available.
Safety will get a big upgrade with the addition of autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection for 2018. Also new is a blind spot monitor with cross-traffic alert for added confidence when changing lanes and backing out of parking spaces.
Expect full details after the reveal of the U.S. model.