• 2015 Volkswagen Golf R shown ahead of Frankfurt
  • Exterior and interior include typical sporty details
  • All-wheel drive and 300-horsepower engine standard

Volkswagen has officially pulled the cover off its all-new, high-performance Golf R. The automaker showed pictures of the new Golf R and announced several details ahead of the sporty hatchback's debut at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show.

On the outside, the Golf R includes everything enthusiasts might expect: large wheels, a body kit and quad exhaust pipes. Other updates include tinted taillights and aggressive-looking LED headlights.

Although Volkswagen hasn't shown interior photos, we can expect the cabin to feature its usual array of sporty touches. That means a thick sport steering wheel, lots of stitching and grippy Alcantara upholstery.

Of course, the Golf R's biggest asset is under the hood. That's where it includes the latest version of VW's 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder also found in the European-market Audi S3. Power is expected to total around 300 hp, delivered to the ground with standard 4Motion all-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual will be standard, though drivers looking for quicker shifts can specify a dual-clutch automatic.

The all-new Golf R is based on the updated seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, which is scheduled to arrive stateside next year. The latest Golf is already on sale in Europe, where it was officially revealed at last year's Paris Motor Show. Like the standard model, the Golf R is likely to reach European buyers before going on sale in the U.S.

Slotted above the GTI in VW's lineup, the latest Golf R marks the second generation of VW's hottest hatchback. The outgoing Golf R model debuted for the 2012 model year, offering high performance and all-wheel drive. Previous high-performance Golf models were dubbed R32.

Although pricing and a release date will come later, we'll have more information on the Golf R as we cover this year's Frankfurt Auto Show.

What it means to you: The Volkswagen Golf R looks to offer high-performance thrills on the well-regarded 2015 Volkswagen Golf chassis.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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