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Volkswagen Golf R20 - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Volkswagen R20 returns some brawn to the styling of the body Golf after a lengthy flirtation with smaller, svelter lines. And we, for one, are happy about it. Things get started right up front with the lower grille and it's Audi-RS-and-R8-reminiscent openings and strakes. From there it's an easy flow back over a body a-bulge with just the right taste in creases and lines. We're still waiting for a less hipster tailpipe treatment to return, but we're happy with the car nevertheless. The interior gets the trim-and-texture treatment to identify it as a 270-hp flyer, and the seats complete the job by letting your butt feel what your eyes can see. Speaking of feeling, those earlier 60-mph runs were a little off: the manual gets to 62 in 5.7, the DSG in 5.5. Should we get it, we have a feeling we'll enjoy it.


World premiere 7: Golf R as most powerful Golf ever

Automotive passion has always had something to do with performance. However, Volkswagen is demonstrating – in the world premiere of the new 199 kW / 270 PS Golf R at the IAA – that fuel consumption values can be corrected downward even in the high-end sports car area. The highlight here: While in the now retired Golf R32 (184 kW / 250 PS), 10.7 litres of fuel was processed by the injection system every 100 kilometres, on the new Golf R – thanks to a boosted high-tech TSI – the figure is just 8.5 litres, which is 2.2 litres or 21 percent less! The all-wheel drive Golf R (350 Newton-meter torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm) sprints to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds (Golf R DSG: 5.5 seconds) and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Two of the many identifying visual features of this exceptional Golf conceptualised by Volkswagen Individual: newly developed LED taillights and LED daytime running lights. The Golf R can be ordered in Germany starting at the end of this year.

Golf R-Line – Sporty exterior and interior packages plus 17-inch wheels

Wolfsburg/ Frankfurt, September 2009. The new Golf R – like the current Passat R36 and Touareg R50 – was developed by Volkswagen Individual, the specialist when it comes to sporty and exclusive high-end models. Volkswagen Individual developed the "R-Line" equipment packages for all those customers who want the especially dynamic styling of body
and interior in the spirit of the power-enhanced R models, yet prefer a conventional powertrain. The company is simultaneously presenting three models of an entirely new generation of R-Line vehicles at the IAA: the Golf R-Line, Scirocco R-Line and Passat CC R-Line. They will all be launched on the market this autumn. Together with versions
already introduced on the Touran, Tiguan, Passat, Passat Estate and Touareg, a total of eight models with R-Line features will be ready at the start.

Volkswagen Individual has also repositioned its "Individual" product brand; in the future it will market products under the "Exclusive" label and bundle a range of especially high-end models and equipment features. A dual premiere: The first Exclusive model to be offered will be the brand new Golf Estate; it is crossing over from an all-purpose vehicle to a lifestyle estate car. Other models will follow in succession.

The new Golf R-Line

The R-Line version of the world's bestseller was emphatically given a sporty flair. In configuring their new car, buyers can choose between an interior and an exterior package. The two R-Line packages may also be ordered together.
Exterior package: Its body appearance has been customised with 17-inch alloy wheels in a new design ("Mallory" type, 18-inch optional), sport chassis, body coloured side skirts and bumpers that have been modified compared to the normal Golf and Golf R. The exterior is completed by decorative door tread plates with R-Line logo, a roof edge spoiler ("GTI"), high-gloss black ventilation grille (radiator and lower air intake) as well as a diffuser also in glossy black. The lens covers of
the taillights are also smoked. On its sides, the Golf is identified by R-Line logos (front fender at height of A-pillar).

The interior package of the R-Line program impresses with a leather multifunction steering wheel (three spokes, R-Line logo in lower spoke, multifunction keys in the two cross spokes), stainless steel pedal caps and foot support, R-Line door tread plates, sport seats ("R-Look" fabric design) with R-Line logo integrated in the head restraints and a R-Line
specific interior decor. All seams are in "Art Grey", a light tone of grey.

A full leather interior ("Vienna") will be available as an option.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sick car I love my 08 GTI DSG and this is my next step as its the closest thing to the Scirocco. Im fine with the DSG VW so bring this rocket across the pond ASAP!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the breakdown of dsg vs manual and 3 door vs 5 will be

      rest of world : choices

      us: 3 door dsg,
      • 5 Years Ago
      This new R model looks really nice. I currently own an '08 R32 and I couldn't agree more with all the posts about DSG. I hope you are listening VW. I will definitely buy the new model but only if it comes in manual to the USA. There just isn't enough control or feel with DSG and downshifting is jerky and there is a very annoying lagtime. VW you have to remember the kind of driver who buys an R32, they're a different breed to your Jetta and Passat drivers. They're passionate car enthusiasts who know how to drive and want a manual gearbox. Nearly every fellow R32 owner I have spoken to has said the same. VW please please please give us what we crave A MANUAL GEARBOX!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happened to these seats? I like these better than the one's in this gallery....


      I'm sure I'm the oddball here not feeling the Recaros...
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW of America get off your A$$ and bring this car over at once. Thanks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blue and black. Damn, how did you guys know? :) That is gorgeous.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I want one in this color, with 6MT. I'll import the seats myself if VW doesn't offer it. This, a 2011 Mustang GT and a 2011 Ranger or 2010 Raptor would complete my driveway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like this. I hope that it will come with the same 4 wheel drive system and a real manual.

      I almost bought the original R32 in 04 but opted for my Mazda instead. When the second R32 came last year I was dissapointed that it only had the DSG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "manual trans is a deal breaker"

        100% understood.

        I'm commenting on:

        "but I never even got around to driving the second-gen because of its transmission "

        I've driven the GT-R, and drive the R32, I wouldn't pass up the chance to drive the McLaren because of its transmission. that's what I'm responding to. the chance to drive a car and add a deeper understanding of its character, regardless of transmission.

        I'm not advocating purchasing DSG to anyone who enjoys a manual.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @PJ - i take it the GT-R, new Mclaren,and ferrari california are also not worth even a casual test drive as well?
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car is awesome... VW is doing an awesome job with all their current and designs (actually... I'll take that back on the Routan, but that's really a Chrysler)... But anyways, this car is going to be a rocket, and I would take a DSG, I'm sick of having shift myself for my daily driver, and VW DSG is pretty slick, works quite well on my fiancee's GLI.

        Anyhow... to the other readers... I just noticed, no sunroof on this R, is that common for the R's of the past to not a sunroof?
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 for the manual transmission. I had the same thing when I was looking to buy a new car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do Want... but not with a damn flappy paddel shifter....

        @Mehdi Cheddadi - Exact same experience. I test drove the R32 and really wanted to like it, it was a fun little car, but I couldn't bring myself to spend the money without being able to row my own gears.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Definitely want.

        And +1 on the second-gen R32 comments. The original R32 was one of the most enjoyable, well-rounded cars I've ever driven, but I never even got around to driving the second-gen because of its transmission lobotomy. The R20 looks like a return to form.
        • 5 Years Ago

        i drive new cars every day, every thing from Ferrari's to 20 year old buicks

        it is more fun to drive a manual trans base civic than a v10 automated manual m5, its a personal opinion of course but you have to understand that for a large fraction of the enthusiast segment manual trans is a deal breaker

        for me its about 90% of the fun of driving hard, keeping the engine in gear on a twisty mountain road

        3 pedals for life
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car fixed everything that makes the current-gen GTI and R32 so ugly...the headlights, the taillights, and the wheels...I LOVE IT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they are available in leather then I'd rock them
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually have an '08 and my question is as follows. Is this one going to be limited production as well and if so, how are they going to breakdown the dsg vs. the manual option and how are they going to break down the 3 door vs. the 5 door option? Enquiring minds want to know.
        • 5 Years Ago
        there's no way in hell it won't have a manual option, that's a given, and it will come to north america.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nobody knows yet, as this is the announcement for EUROPE/Germany. We don't even know if this is going to come to the US yet (although it's assumed).

        Remember that the R32 was NOT limited production in the rest of the world. They were still selling Mk5 Rs in Europe until this came out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I figured that much, but I still want to know. I know, I know I am jumping the gun but it's because of excitement and anticipation. I have the 08 and regardless of what anyone says, it's a fun car to drive. Whether your row your own gears or not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry for being picky on spelling but how can the press release statement spell in both British and American English in the same paragraph!?

      Considering the article gave preference to metric units (implies that it's not written by a US person), the word 'meter' should be spelt 'metre' it is distinguished from the former meaning a scale for measuring.

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