• Dec 9, 2010
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It's been a couple of years since Volkswagen's heavyweight hot hatch, the R32, graced America's shores, but now we have official word of a successor. Tuned by the in-house R team at Volkswagen, the Golf R should be a good bit more exciting than its already entertaining forebear, and hopefully, it will shave a few pounds off, too.

Unlike the R32, which was powered by VW's popular VR6, the new model will be powered by Volkswagen's ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. And while Volkswagen isn't quoting power output for the new U.S. model, the European version currently on sale conjures up 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All of that gumption will be routed through VW's fourth generation Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive system, which means the VW should once again be a good foil for cars like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.

Along with the power increase, VW is promising bigger brakes, an uprated suspension, 18-inch wheels, center-exit dual exhaust and a more liberally tuned ESP. Perhaps most interestingly, the Golf R will be available in both two and four doors and be paired exclusively with a manual transmission. That's right, we said it.

Although the press release after the jump doesn't mention when it will debut (our money's on Detroit), additional R accoutrements include model-specific aero bits and badging, along with upgrated trim and a new steering wheel, shift knob, and so on.

In other words, it's time to get excited.



[Source: Volkswagen]
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GOLF R KEY MESSAGES

The European Golf R is simply the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever built. The car delivers the ultimate Volkswagen driving experience with dynamic handling, refined road manners and unprecedented power for a Golf. It is Volkswagen's performance halo vehicle, and at the request of VW enthusiasts, the company is bringing it to the U.S. in 2012.

Key attributes:
• 2.0L turbocharged engine with significant hp increase over GTI
• 4th generation Haldex 4Motion - all wheel drive
• Increased rotor diameter translating to improved braking
• Sport tuned ESP
• Upgraded sport tuned suspension
• 2 door or 4 door
• Manual Transmission Only
• Unique 18" alloy wheels
• Unique steering wheel
• Unique interior trim
• Exterior R model badge and bodykit
• R model shift knob
• R model door sills
• R model front and rear fascia with dual, center exit, exhaust


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dammit, right after I signed a lease on a Mazdaspeed3.
        • 4 Years Ago
        35k loaded, just like the previous generation. why not? it's faster than a 135 and better equipped.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup - probably closer to 40 knowing what a fully loaded out GTI goes for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like they said above. the MS3 is a fantastic car, you shouldn't regret that purchase.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This thing is likely to cost $30,000 or more.

        Don't be upset, the MS3 is the best bang for your buck if you don't need AWD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sharp! I like.
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        And then a neon came a long and spanked the RSX at everything but the interior. I'm not hating just to hate, I am saying business wise this car makes absolutely 0 sense. It has no competitors and is a niche product and will 90% of the time will be passed over by most people looking into a fast 4 door awd car. The evolution and the sti are already small production quantities, this will be minuscule.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is my next car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        AWDSOME!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, the only reason I didn't get the last gen .:R32 was due to the lack of manual. I will definitely be checking this out when it comes out.

      I wonder if this 6MT+Haldex combo will eventually show up in the TT and/or A3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone tiring of the gimmicky/played out led runners?
        • 4 Years Ago
        As soon as the EU collapses & dissolves, the LED drl mandate goes away.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't be soon enuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well no DSG means this is off my list. Damn I was looking forward to this car too, it looks to be fast, practical, luxurious, and unique. I have been driving a stick for the last 9 years, first an S2000 and now a 3 series, and while fun, it just sucks when you are in traffic and commuting. DSG seemed like the best compromise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This probably could be the perfect German everyman's car. I'll take a Golf R 4-door manual with nav and climatronic, please.

      I could care less if this thing outruns an Evo or STi. The Golf R will likely drive far better, maybe get better mileage, require less exotic maintenance, and you won't look like a boy racer everywhere you go. Oh, and its resale value will hold strong. Besides, who cares how fast an Evo or STi is when every other buyer of those vehicles will mod it immediately, making anyone with a stock ride slower almost be default? There's always someone faster, so why not just get the perfect all-arounder instead?

      The only drawback is that this car will cost dearly for what it is, and I can already see prices in the high 30s to pick one up. Heck, to pick up a fully outfitted GTI 4-door already costs $32-33k, to say nothing of TTL. After all options, the gotta-have-it grand or two tacked on for high demand and low numbers, and TTL, I would expect a Golf R to graze $40k. That's a ton of money for a VW-not-Audi. But damn I love these cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To MKIVR32:
      The use of the word ( JAP) I find very offensive,To bite the hand that feds you in that manner is also not very smart.Of all the comments made on this blog today ,yours was the only one to use what is now a racial slur.News Flash: WWII is over, we won that one.I could maybe understand if you were a WWII veteran, I would say you had a valid cause.If one slips off your fingers so easy and often,what else do you use.This was just a bunch of car guys kicking around different thoughts.I know, you could care less,but I had to speak out. because I was insulted.To remain silent is to consent.(you better hope no one from your dealership reads this blog,)CAN YOU SAY UNEMPLOYMENT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for rowing my own, but in tests the DSG was significantly quicker to 60 than the manual.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've actually seen a Euro car program review of the R20 with both the manual and the DSG. The difference was greater than .2 seconds. Basically, if you get a perfect launch and shifts you might be able to get to 60 in 5.7 with the manual. On the other hand, if you can mash your foot to the ground in the DSG you're pretty much guaranteed to get there in 5.5.

        Look, I drive a manual and I like it, but its from a year where the manual was faster and got better gas mileage. Those days are all but over. Give me a DSG and I'll be much happier in those times when I'm stuck in traffic. Of course, I couldn't afford it either way, so my point is probably meaningless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I drove a manual for 5 years in Ithaca and 4 years in SF. I don't see what the problem is driving a manual in a place where there are hills, particularly when you have a handbrake."

        Ok, I've been driving over here for almost 7 years now and it's just too impractical. I'm talking about not only driving but having to park there (especially in Chinatown/downtown area), every single time. It's really stressful, trust me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed with your point, I do like a manual, however, I'd enjoy more if I drove the DSG, especially on the steep hills over here in SF.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, but most people care more about having fun than going zero to 60 a half a second quicker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "VW should offer both."

        The R is going to be sold in low volumes here in the US. The federalization cost of an additional transmission would be prohibitive.

        "Agreed with your point, I do like a manual, however, I'd enjoy more if I drove the DSG, especially on the steep hills over here in SF."

        I drove a manual for 5 years in Ithaca and 4 years in SF. I don't see what the problem is driving a manual in a place where there are hills, particularly when you have a handbrake.

        While I like the concept of a DSG, most of them still have driveability issues around town and high maintenance costs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Ok, I've been driving over here for almost 7 years now and it's just too impractical. I'm talking about not only driving but having to park there (especially in Chinatown/downtown area), every single time. It's really stressful, trust me."

        Stressful? Impractical? Hard to park? I drove there. I parked there. On hilly streets. With a manual transmission. It isn't hard, or stressful, or impractical.

        Learn to use your handbrake.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love cars that are manual only. One the key reasons I bought my 09FG2. This will be on my radar if its manual only for an upgrade in a couple years.

      1M coupe looking great too if its manual only.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure why they are comparing this to the R32 because it was the 3.2 vr6 that made it an R32, with out the v6 it's just a Golf Gti turbo. Calling it an R20 is just marketing cashing in on the r32's fame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It won't be called Golf R20, pretty sure it will be Golf R. This new model is not just a Golf GTI Turbo, it's got a reinforced block, tweaked suspension, AWD and etc. It's way better than the old R32 and a lot sharper and aggressive over the current GTI.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those wheels are on another level. I also love them on the Audi A3 & A4.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG this car has upgrated trim?! ive always wanted a more finely grated interior trim. awesome.
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