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THE “R” IS FOR ROCKET

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Published on Thu, Aug 4, 2011

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

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2012 Golf R

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.

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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.

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“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.

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