THE “R” IS FOR ROCKET
Published on Thu, Aug 4, 2011
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
PREVIEW: GOLF R The Golf R will be the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever sold in the U.S. when it goes on sale in early 2012. Featuring a high-output version of Volkswagen's 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder FSI® engine, making in excess of 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, there will be just one transmission option: a six-speed manual. Power delivery will be to all four wheels through a fourth-generation Haldex system.
In keeping with the R's mission as a performance flagship for the VW brand, the vehicle is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and unique 18-inch wheels. Even the Electronic Stability Control system has been re-tuned for a sportier driving experience. The Golf R will be available in both two- and four-door forms. The car signals its sporting intent with a number of interior and exterior enhancements. The interior gains a unique steering wheel, shifter knob, door sill plates and trim that differentiate it from the GTI, while the exterior has more aggressive front and rear fascias with a dual center-exit exhaust. Subtle badging changes also signal the car’s status.
“North American VW enthusiasts have been asking for it, and now they’re going to get it,” says Volkswagen of America's President and Chief Executive Jonathan Browning. “This is the VW a lot of Dub loyalists have been waiting for. Drivers will notice right off the line that the turbocharged engine blasts the Golf R from zero to 60 – and the bigger brakes bring it back to zero – faster than ever.” Available in 2-door or 4-door body styles, the R will feature a number of model-specific touches. On the outside, it’s equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, R badging and body kit, while the interior packs in signature upholstery, doorsills, shift knob and steering wheel. The Golf R will also come with dual-zone Climatronic® air-conditioning and leather seating surfaces, standard. The Golf R will be released in the U.S. in limited numbers.