Report: Volkswagen Golf R is headed to the U.S. for 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 10, 2010

Because of cost issues, Volkswagen has kept sporty hatch enthusiasts in the U.S. waiting for the successor to the Golf R32. But a Car and Driver report now states that the wait is over and that the compact racer may be headed to the U.S. A decision is expected to be revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Currently, only the CC R-Line is available.

Many observe that this model actually features very few sporty styling touches, with absolutely no mechanical changes.

The report also said that it’s possible that the Tiguan, Touareg and Jetta will get R-Line trims in the near future, but then again, those models aren't as appealing to the U.S. public as the 2011 Golf R.

It’s likely that the Golf R will appear in U.S. showrooms by the end of 2011 as a 2012 model. Pricing has not been announced but it’s estimated that the fastest Golf would have a price tag of $33,000.

This model may be pricey but it does offer considerable value.

The buyers gets a vehicle that features an adjustable suspension, alloy wheels, sport tires, dual exhaust, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine partnered to either a 6-speed manual or a DSG dual clutch transmission that distributes the power to all four wheels via VW's 4Motion drive system.

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