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2015 Volkswagen Golf R

Three cheers for the handbrake. For driving enthusiasts who live in climates where the winter months produce seemingly endless days of snowy, icy conditions, nothing cures the seasonal blues quite like finding yourself on an empty road, pulling the handbrake, halting the rear wheels and happily drifting around a turn. Hooligans, we are. And it's all great fun. Upon sitting in the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R for the first time, I immediately noticed its handbrake – or, should I say, lack thereof. Like many modern cars, its parking brake is electronic and can only be applied when the... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 2.0L I4
Power:
290 HP / 280 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
Base Price:
N/A
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