The most powerful Golf ever, the 300PS VW Golf R, is available to order now priced from £29,900.

First deliveries are expected to take place in March 2014.

Power comes from a new version of the familiar EA888 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine used in the Golf GTI, but with a few tweaks.

Maximum power of 300PS is available from 5,500rpm to 6,200rpm, while peak torque of 380Nm arrives at 1,800rpm and continues until 5,500rpm.

This increase in power comes as a result of a modified cylinder head, new exhaust valves, seats and springs, plus revised pistons, injector valves and a new turbocharger.

The 0-62mph sprint is taken care of in just 5.3 seconds, down from the 5.7 seconds of the previous Golf R and over a second quicker than the Golf GTI’s 6.5 second time.

Specify the optional six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, and it’s even quicker, with 62mph arriving in 4.9 seconds.  Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

Fuel efficiency hasn’t been totally sacrificed in the hunt for raw speed, however, and the Mk7 Golf R can still achieve 39.8 mpg on the combined cycle (40.9 mpg for DSG models) while emitting 165 g/km of CO2 (159 g/km for the DSG).

Four wheel drive is provided by a Haldex-based 4Motion system.  It decouples the rear axle in normal use to improve fuel economy, but can engage it again in a fraction of a second when conditions require.  Up to 100% of engine torque can be transferred to the rear axle if needed.

The Golf R’s suspension is 20mm lower than a standard Golf, and 5mm lower than a GTI.  Adaptive Chassis Control is available as an option, and this now includes a Race mode to further stiffen up the handling.  The ESC system can be completely disabled.

Externally, the Golf

R wears a new front bumper and grille with subtle R badging, standard bi-xenon headlights with integrated DRLs, chrome door mirrors, and 18-inch ‘Cadiz’ alloy wheels with 19-inch as an option.

Inside you’ll find cloth sports seats with Alcantara bolstering,  and bespoke instrument dials with blue needles.

Prices for the Mk7 Golf R start at £29,900 for the three-door with six-speed manual gearbox, or £31,315 with six-speed DSG.  The five-door is priced at £30,555 and £31,970.