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2011 Volkswagen Golf R – Click above for high-res image gallery

Yes, we're still bitter about the Scirocco not making it to the States, but some manner of consolation may be on the way in the form of the 2011 Volkswagen Golf R.

Although VW has yet to confirm that the fastest ever Golf is headed to the U.S., the word on the street is that the 265-hp, all-wheel drive hatch is on its way to the Colonies later this year, with a choice of either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch gearbox.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder's performance stats are almost enough to make us forget about the Scirocco, if just for a moment, with a 155 mph top speed and a 5.5-second run to 60 mph (5.7 seconds with the manual gearbox). While it's hardly a lightweight hatch (coming in at around 3,400 pounds with the DSG), the massive brakes, bi-xenon headlamps, 18- or 19-inch wheels and beautifully bolstered thrones have us champing at the bit for some seat time. Here's hoping VW sees fit to send over a few examples after the R20's launch in Ellmau, Austria.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      How much will it cost?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes a price is crucial here, could make me do something I never thought I would... buy a VW...
        • 5 Years Ago
        $35k with dsg and fancy lights. It's not going to cost more than the outgoing R32. It's cheaper to build for a variety of reasons.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @zamafir: The Golf 'R' actually is more expensive (2.5k Euro - DSG and manual) than the R-32 was in 2008. But the 'R' is better equipped.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Golf R is pretty expensive here in europe. Based on your prices for the CC and the GTI in the US, I'd say a manual 4-door Golf-R will be around $35k, the DSG around $37k in the US. Then add leather, xenon headlights etc. and you'll reach $40k easily.

        The GTI DSG is here roughly €10k less than the equivalent 'R'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably a grand or so more than the last R32 with few options such as leather seats and 19" being the primary ones. From initial UK reports, this car is pretty damn sweet - faster than an S3 without the turbo lag, refined ride and manner, predictable steering, 5.5 to 62mph with DSG.

        Can't wait for it arrive in the US... my guess is about 12 months from now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The R32s did not sell well. They had lots leftover. I drove one. Didn't do much more for me than a GTI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it going to have 4 doors?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Note image #29 shows 4 window controllers (electronic suspension control, extra speaker and all leather seats), but #27 does not.

        I would trade my MKV for this if the 4-door was coming to the states.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too bad - 4 door would have me sold.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, me too.

        I'd guess it will only have 2drs as well. VWoA just always has a way of screwing it up.

        The '04 R32 was available as a 4dr and with DSG overseas, we only got the 2dr with the 6spd manual. I would absolutley own a '04 R32 right now if we got the 4dr DSG version here, but I admit I'm in the minority there. For the '08 R32, we got the DSG (this time with no manual at all) and still only 2drs and they managed to kill the styling that made the "04 so popular (chrome grille from the Jetta really?).

        Now for this version the styling seems better and they are giving us both a DSG and stick, but still no 4dr. We have a 4dr GTI now, why not the R? It's not like the R will encroach on A3 sales since we don't get the mechanically identical S3 here and there's no longer a 3.2L A3 available.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In Europe, it will be available with 2 or 4 doors. Dunno what will be imported to the US, but I'd bet only the 2-door and only in limited quantity.
        • 5 Years Ago
        " It's not like the R will encroach on A3 sales "

        Talk to the people at VAG, that's precisely one of the reasons why. When I purchased my .:R i compared it against both A3's available. Neither held a candle to it in all the areas that mattered so I purchased the .:R and saved $10,000 over the Audi thanks to the specials vw was offering. Now that there's no S3 OR 3.2L V6 A3 Audi most certainly does not want european focused, but not badge whore focused, buyers going for the VW model with quite a bit more power and performance. Especially as an equally equipped A3 with a less potent engine will likely cost equal or more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe it is scheduled to arrive in the States "Spring 2010".
      The vehicle looks good but I would not trade my '08 R32 for this one. The new one might be lighter and faster but it's missing something nobody else had in the segment: a sweet singing V6. Volkswagen is losing my vote as a customer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why are you so eager to get this with a V6? the turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder is lighter and offers better torque.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The VR6 just sounds oh so sexy. It's sort of like people who bought older M3's (when they actually had I-6's) because they sounded so great.

        I really do miss my VR6 GTI mainly for the sound alone. I have a 1.8T GTI currently and performance-wise, they weren't much different (being within 10hp and 10lb-ft will do that I guess) but I just loved the sound of the VR6 and would gladly have it back.

        That said, I still like the new R and wouldn't mind picking up a used one and let the initial buyer take the depreciation hit.

        I will miss the VR6 though and I hope VW somehow finds a way to bring them back. But, with fuel economy taking center stage, a large 6cyl in a compact just doesn't make sense even if they weren't all that inefficient to begin with. I was able to get 30mpg hwy with ease in my VR6 just as I can with my 1.8T.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @bfgusa - I'm with you. i won't be upgrading, but i'm happy about this for two reasons: faster and more frugal for the non vw fans, it'll keep neb in the game (hopefully) for fastivus for another year and vw will rent out a delightful track for us "r" owners yet again :D.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm on the fence with this one, bfgusa.

        I also dig my '08 R32 because of that awesome exhaust note. No 4-banger sounds the same.

        The new R would have to be priced within reason to make me consider ditching my VR6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is no substitute for the Scirocco, and if you think it is then you don't understand what the Scirocco is (was) or why people bought them. I owned a '78 Wolfsburg (white) Scirocco - loved it - and wish that VW could bring the new Scirocco back to this market (they could of course, despite any 'reason' they might come up with NOT to sell the car here). But any Golf, in any configuration (especially a four-door) is NOT a Scirocco(!). Was VW afraid that the new car would take sales away from the Audi TT? If so, then they're wrong. People interested in the TT are not the same ones who'd buy a Scirocco. So, we're not allowed the Scirocco and - in my case - won't consider a TT, so I'm buying another brand since even the Golf two-door looks nothing like the sleak Scirocco. The Golf coupe looks like a scaled-down minivan, and I want a 'car' not a minivan-derived two door(!).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think anything more the $32,000 base and VW will have trouble moving units to anyone other than fanclub members. (of which I am one)
      When the MKV R32 was on sale, many dealers had them under $30,000 to clear their lot's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I still remember a Red R32 sitting on the dealer lot by my house. They wanted liek $2500 OVER sticker for that thing for like 3 months.

        I instead opted for a 350z fully loaded for only like $3000 more (and mine was convertible).

        I know they aren't DIRECT competitors but I wanted something fun and sporty and those were my 2 decisions (I was young and nieve, now i know better and would have taken an S2000).

        So anyway, fast forward about 6 months and they were calling me asking me if I wanted to buy it for like $2000 UNDER msrp. $27000. I'm like I would yes, if it were 6 months ago but I already bought a car.

        Then about 2 years went by and my buddy wanted one..and all used ones were like $26,000 - $31000 (yes more than original MSRP) VW dealers have some balls!

        So I would possibly be in the market for this, but if they have discounts etc and I would pick a leather, sunroof, 6speed manual, for like $31k out the door.. I think I would seriously consider it.

        Now if BMW would bring a 135i Hatch here for say $35k they would definately get my money first.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A hot hatch post on Autoblog, well you know all the posts will be positive :)

      There is nothing Autoblogers like more than a hot hatch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And what consumers don't buy. Sadly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        All i've ever bought is hatches and wagons! and new! Damnit people, put your money where your heart is!
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ zamafir:
      lol. Neb is out, car is for sale and he is mkII loyal now, but maybe a petition will bring him back to the fastivius. You start.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is all wheel drive right? Can you get the 6sp with AWD? The a3 2.0T quatro only comes with the DSG tranny.
        • 5 Years Ago
        CB >> what makes you think they can sell this at under $30,000 with a comparably equiped GTI close to $30K already?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @CB
        get a WRX. You won't regret it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Although VW has yet to confirm that the fastest ever Golf is headed to the U.S., the word on the street is that the 265-hp, all-wheel drive hatch is on its way to the Colonies later this year, with a choice of either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch gearbox."

        It's in the summary text which is quite short, so reading the article before you ask the question would be so much easier...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is all wheel drive right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take mine in red.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly. And a VW for that matter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, this may not be your style of car and that's fine. There are plenty of people that will like this car very much and that's all good for VW.

        I've driven a MKIV R32 for 88K now through Tahoe winters, sweltering summers and over 20 brutal track days with minimal issues. The R32s are one of the very best vehicles that VW has ever put out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Please, Kitko, don't come across has a mindless, fringe idiot like Matt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why even show up to the party if that's all you have to offer.

        It's not ugly and not only does it include lots of Audi tidbits, it's also a VW!
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