2012 Volkswagen Golf R Confirmed for U.S.

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
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