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VW Golf R to go on hiatus after 2019 model year

It will be back, but it's unclear when

VW Golf R gets the touring car treatment by APR for SEMA

With 536 horsepower, this widebody Golf R is ready for the track

With 536 horsepower, this widebody Golf R is ready for the track.

U.S.-market 2019 VW Golf R finally gets vivid Spektrum color options

Spektrum adds 40 special hues to choose from

Spektrum adds 40 special hues to choose from.

2020 Volkswagen Golf R will reportedly do 400 hp

It's likely to use the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo as the current model

It's likely to use the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo as the current model.

Quick Spin
Driving nearly every VW Golf: Base, GTI, R, Alltrack — what we learned

Every Golf is good, some are better than others

Even the base VW Golf is quite engaging.

Buying Guide
Volkswagen Golf match play: Golf R vs. GTI

A comparison of two like-minded Volkswagens.

A comparison of two like-minded Volkswagens.

Open Road
How a 2015 Volkswagen Golf R kick-started my hot hatch life

After two years with my own hot hatch (a 2015 Volkswagen Golf R), I'd like to share some of what I have learned.

VW skimps on power for Americans in the 2018 GTI and Golf R

Once again, the Europeans get all the cool toys.

Look for visual changes to accompany those under the hood.

What's big at the Chicago show | Autoblog Podcast #503

We talk Chicago debuts, what we're driving, and buying advice, with some bad jokes thrown in for good measure.

Volkswagen reveals the refreshed 2018 Golf

You'll have to squint to tell it's different.

The new Golf gets more LEDs and bigger screens, and the GTI gets more power.

Spy Shots
Volkswagen Golf R facelift spotted

Changes should extend to the rest of the Golf lineup.

You're looking at a picture of a Golf R Sportwagen, which isn't sold in the US. Sigh.

Volkswagen Golf R 400 has been cancelled

Blame Dieselgate, but look forward to a lighter Golf R in the future.

Without former research-and-design boss Heinz-Jakob Neusser to push it along to production, VW has decided to shelve the Golf R 400 and refocus on the Golf R.

Spy Shots
Volkswagen caught testing hotter Golf R 400

Good news, everyone! The Volkswagen Golf R 400 has reportedly been green lit for production, and our spies have now caught the first prototype out testing.

Volkswagen Golf R 400 will come to US

...If It Comes To Production, Of Course

Volkswagen has confirmed that if the hot Golf R 400 concept gets the green light, it will be offered in the US market.

VW Golf R pre-order sells out in less than 11 hours

Volkswagen's pre-order program for the first 500 units of the 2015 Golf R to enter the US was a smashing success. It took less than 11 hours for all of them to be reserved. The only option for prospective customers now is to get on a waiting list or wait for the hot hatch's wider release.

2015 VW Golf R ready for your pre-order on January 8

If you want to be the first person on your block with Volkswagen's latest Golf R parked in your garage, you need to clear some time from your schedule on January 8. VW is opening the pre-order books for the first 500 Stateside examples, complete with some nifty accessories.

Second Drive
2015 Volkswagen Golf R [w/video]

Grip It And Rip It

Volkswagen hired a photographer to come shoot the handful of journalists that it brought to drive the 2015 Golf R at Buttonwillow Raceway north of Los Angeles. This fact, though unremarkable in and of itself, was something I hadn't noticed until I was well into my track time – probably ten laps deep on a day that would see me run twice that number. In any event, I noticed the intrep

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