Volkswagen is introducing Golf R hot hatch to the American audience with the hope that these go-fast compacts will become more popular in the U.S. Set to make its debut in the early part of 2012, the Golf R will be available in both three- and five-door versions. They are priced from $33,900 (excluding the destination charge).
The base price for the models that have navigation and sunroof rises to $35,490 (two-door) and $36,090 (four-door). The NA-spec Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit, which has an output of 256 hp and a maximum torque of 243 lb-ft.
Accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) takes less than 6 seconds, while it has a limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). However, these figures are unable to beat the Euro version of the Golf R, which produces 270 hp and 258 lb-ft. and can go from zero to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, with a limited top speed of 155 mph 250 km/h).
But consumers will like the fact that the Golf R is very tuning-friendly. Furthermore, VW said that its 4Motion AWD system brings the power to the road. The U.S. Golf R has an EPA estimated efficiency of 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
The latest instalment of the new Volkswagen Golf R features a complete array of modifications for both its exterior and interior. This is thanks to the efforts of Volkswagen designers -- led by Klaus Bischoff – to give the new Golf R an independent image. Thanks to these well-coordinated refinements, the new VW Golf R was able to distinguish itself on the top of the range.
It features styling defined by the "La Semplicità" design hypothesis conceived by Walter de Silva, Head of Group Design at VW Group. Exterior modifications include the instalment of new wheels, brakes and bumper designs.
The front end of the new Golf R is marked by three very large air intakes in the bumper area as well as high-gloss black louvers on the intakes. The two outer air intakes integrate standard LED strips that also act as daytime running lights. In addition, the radiator grille features two high-gloss black louvers, with newly designed R logo in chrome located on the grille’s right. Furthermore, the new Golf R is specified with Bi-Xenon headlights -- without extra charges -- side skirt extensions in body color and high-gloss black mirror housings.
The new VW Golf R rides on Talladega wheels. On the rear, the new Golf R is distinguished by the R logo, larger roof edge spoiler and a bumper with diffuser and tailpipes, as well as newly developed LED taillights wrapped in smoked covers. Inside, the new VW Golf R clearly benefits from the upgrades made for the sixth generation VW Golf, which makes use of high-end interior materials.
In addition, the new VW Golf R features more special interior upgrades from Volkswagen Individual. Customers may avail of the optional "Top Sport seat system" that allows the driver to adjust the seat vertically and longitudinally as well as the steering wheel.