The Golf has a strong engine lineup – there are turbo, diesel and naturally aspirated models already. But for the 2012 model year, expect a new high-performance model, which Volkswagen is dubbing the Golf R.
The last R type we had here was the Golf R32; it was discontinued in 2008. Unlike that model, the new Golf R won’t have a V-6 powertrain, but it will keep the GTI’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and it will have more horsepower. The European version currently cranks out 270 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque, according to Autoblog.
While we enjoyed the energetic handling of the GTI Golf, the 200-hp turbo four-cylinder wasn’t the quickest in the segment. The Golf R should correct that problem.
Continue reading below for a rundown of all the features to come on the 2012 VW Golf R:
- 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with more horsepower than the GTI
- Fourth-generation Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive
- Increased rotor diameter for improved braking
- Sport-tuned electronic stability control
- Upgraded sport-tuned suspension
- Two or four doors
- Manual transmission only
- Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
- Unique steering wheel
- Unique interior trim
- Exterior R model badge and body kit
- R model shift knob
- R model doorsills
- R model front and rear fascia with center-exit dual exhaust