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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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    Beijing: Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept is your new favorite hot hatch [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: A previous version of this story listed the Golf R 400 Concept's top speed as 201 miles per hour. This is incorrect. The correct top speed is 174 mph and the story has been edited to reflect that. This, friends, is what happens when you shoehorn 395 horsepower into a Golf. You get a three-door hatch that will happily scurry to 62 miles per hour ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept is an even hotter hatch
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    Several years ago, Volkswagen showed up at the annual Wörthersee expo with what could only be described as a concept worthy of pants-wetting excitement – at least, for hot hatch enthusiasts like me. What VW had done was shoehorn its twin-turbocarged, 6.0-liter W12 engine behind a Golf GTI's front seats, creating the GTI W12 650 – a car ...

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    Teased: Volkswagen previews even hotter Golf R 400 concept
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    This week in New York, Volkswagen had a new production car to unveil in the updated Jetta as well as a new concept in the Golf TDI SportWagen. But at the Beijing Motor Show later this week it'll have even more to showcase. In addition to the refreshed Touareg and Midsize Coupé Concept, VW will present its Golf R 400 concept at the Chinese auto ...

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    Report: Volkswagen Golf R Evo may debut at Beijing Motor Show
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    If a report in Auto Express is correct, a lighter, faster brother to the Volkswagen Golf R will be shown to the world at the Beijing Motor Show in April. Said to be called the Golf R Evo, the even harder hot hatch would be unveiled as one of those concepts that's practically a de facto presentation of the genuine thing. The Evo in its name will come from ...

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    Detroit: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is an even hotter hatch
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    I had a lovely first date with the Volkswagen Golf R a couple of years ago, blasting through the French Alps just before attending the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. I loved that car, and I'm super stoked to get behind the wheel of this new, 2015 model. Why? This R is based on the lighter seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, or more importantly, the sweet new ...

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    Official: VW to unveil US-spec Golf R in Detroit with slightly less power [UPDATE]
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    We've got good news, boys and girls, and we've got bad news. First the good news: Volkswagen is bringing the new Golf R to the United States. The bad news is that it won't have as much power as the European version, however slight the drop in output might be. Volkswagen, as you may recall, first unveiled the fourth Golf R at the Frankfurt Motor Show back ...

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    Frankfurt: VW Golf R gets super serious with near 300 HP [w/video]
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    The VW Golf R has always been a GTI on steroids. But even with a bigger dose of performance-enhancing power than the GTI, every generation of R has left us wanting more. Until now, we think. The fourth generation Golf R, based on the seventh-gen Golf, has officially debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and under its hood is an increase in power that ...

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    Official: Pics Aplenty: VW Golf R gets a few more looks
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    Volkswagen has seen fit to release an additional 21 images of the 296-horsepower, all-wheel-drive 2014 Golf R. Our crack team covered the monstrous little hatchback ahead of its debut at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, but know that a brand new gallery of the thing couldn't hurt, either. As a recap, power comes from a massaged 2.0-liter, turbocharged ...

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    Official: Volkswagen reveals new 296-hp Golf R
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    Volkswagen has been making R-badged Golfs for longer than you might think. In fact, what you're looking at here is the fourth such model. But while previous generations have moved the power game incrementally forward, this latest version moves it on by leaps and bounds. Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, now just weeks away, the new Golf R packs a ...

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    Spy Shots: Next Golf R sheds lots of camo, still looks stealthy
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    We're waiting to see the genuine Mk VII Volkswagen Golf in the steel so that people can decide which side of the fence they're on regarding its design, but we're pretty sure the Golf R will, as usual, improve upon it. A prototype of the hot version of VW's hatch was spotted in a wild camo party dress a few weeks ago, and now the snappers at CarPix have ...

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    Video: Details on next Volkswagen Golf emerge in leaked presentation
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    The Mk VII Volkswagen Golf will be completely known to the world on September 4. And thanks to leaked pages from a document detailing the new Golf's features, we know a little more about it ahead of time. We'd heard before that the Mk VII would be about 150 pounds lighter than the Mk VI, but a graphic that looks like an indication of where high-strength ...

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    Report: Volkswagen to unveil production Golf GTI Cabriolet in Geneva
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    If you were watching the news out of Wörthersee last year, you may recall the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet concept pictured above. The show car debuted at the annual Volkswagen fan-fest in Austria, alongside an even hotter Golf R Cabriolet and a whole mess of other machinery from the burgeoning German auto empire. But that was the last we heard of ...

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    Official: Volkswagen drops Golf R Cabriolet concept at W├Ârthersee
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    The annual Volkswagen hot-hatch gathering at Lake Wörthersee has been packed so far with enticing show cars. Audi came with a 500hp A1 concept, and Skoda rolled in with a radical rally roadster. But you didn't think the VW brand itself would let its sister companies have all the fun, now did you? Of course not. So feast your eyes on the Golf R ...

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    Report: High-performance VW Beetle R confirmed for U.S.
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    The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is fresh off its global unveiling earlier today, and the good-looking hatch appears to be dead serious about appealing to the masses. Volkswagen will offer the Beetle with diesel and petrol powerplants and a convertible is expected to arrive for the 2013 model year. Good stuff, but what about red-blooded enthusiasts? The ...

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    Report: VW to announce formation of R performance division in Geneva
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    BMW has M. Mercedes has AMG. Audi has Quattro. Now Volkswagen is slated to launch the R brand as its own separate performance division. This according to a report from Inside Line, quoting an unnamed VW exec during the launch of the new Golf R. The official announcement is expected at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. After that, it'd be ...

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    Volkswagen to debut four new models in Frankfurt?
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    Germany only gets its own top-tier international auto show every other year, with the Frankfurt Motor Show alternating with the Paris salon. So when the circus rolls into town, you can bet Germany's giant auto industry will embrace the opportunity to reveal their latest. Audi's tipped to unveil its A5 Sportback and revised A8, Mercedes is expected to unveil ...

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