Volkswagen officially announced today that the 2015 Golf R will make its North American debut next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The car already made its European debut in September, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and as expected, it will make its debut a little bit later in the United States, more exactly in the first quarter of 2015.
Powered by a 2.0-liter EA888 TSI engine, the 2015 Golf R delivers 290 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque, with 34 hp more than the previous version but with 6 hp less than the European version. Still, using the DSG dual clutch automatic transmission, the 2015 Vw Golf R sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and in 5.3 seconds when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.
In terms of design, we find the specially designed bumpers, side skirts, Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights, a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tips and 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, we find the leather-wrapped three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambient lightning and R-Specific instrumentation.
When the ignition is switched on, the illuminated light-blue tachometer and speedometer needles sweep once across the entire scale to their end pins.
Moreover, the 2015 Golf R comes as standard with the 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive, using refinements such as the Haldex 5 coupling. Behind the wheels, we find the uprated brakes from the GTI Performance model: at the front the Golf R has 13.4-inch diameter vented discs that are 1.2 inches thick, while the rear rotors are 12.2 by 0.9 inches.