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2012 Volkswagen Golf R

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2012 Volkswagen Golf R
Available in 2 styles:  2012 Volkswagen Golf R 4dr AWD Hatchback shown
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19 city / 27 hwy


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2012 Volkswagen Golf R 5.0 8
$ 19,342-28,794
July 30, 2012
Vehicle Overview

Volkswagen introduced this high-performance version of its compact hatchback for 2012. The Golf R gets a 256-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, and the five-seat Golf R competes with the Subaru Impreza WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
Abandoning Volkswagen's once-ubiquitous plunging grille, the Golf R's bumper separates the grille and large air dam. Additional badges and a redesigned rear with twin exhaust pipes set the Golf R apart from the regular Golf. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Standard bi-xenon headlights
  • Standard rear spoiler

The Golf R seats five whether you get a two- or four-door version. To distinguish it, the Golf R has aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and aluminum trim on the dashboard. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic dual-zone climate control
  • iPod and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available touch-screen navigation system
  • Available keyless entry with push-button start

Under the Hood
The Golf R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Mechanical features include:

  • 256 hp and 243 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • All-wheel drive

Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags

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