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2012 Volkswagen Golf R - US version

The European market got graced with the Volkswagen Golf R at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, but we had to wait two more years before seeing it on our side of the pond. Alas, the time has come and the Golf R’s debut even came with more power, more performance, less gasoline consumption, and a reasonable $33,990 price tag.

The new Golf R uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 256 HP, 6 HP more than the previous R32 sold on the US market back in 2008. With this adjustment, Volkswagen states that the Golf R is "the most powerful VW sports performance vehicle ever sold in the U.S."

The Golf R is also more economical, delivering a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway compared with an EPA estimated mileage of 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for the previous R32.

Hit the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R.

Exterior

Volkswagen Golf R - US version

In order to provide the Golf R with a sportier and more powerful look, Volkswagen has used a new bumper that incorporates LED daytime running lights and three large black air intakes, a radiator grille finished in gloss black, Unique Bi-Xenon headlamps framed in black, a pair of subtly flared side skirts, gloss black exterior mirrors, and new 18-inch ,aluminum-alloy wheels combined with gloss-black-painted brake calipers and wrapped around 225/40 all-season performance tires. The rear has also received a new bumper that was used to accommodate the central twin pipes for the exhaust system. There is also a slightly larger tail spoiler than that of the GTI and a subtle “R” badge.

For the US market, the new Golf R is available in five colors: Rising Blue, Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray, Black, and Tornado Red.

Interior

Volkswagen Golf R - US version

The interior of the US spec Golf R has also been updated to reach the performance level of the most powerful Golf in the USA. The Golf R has received aluminum "R" kickplates on the sills, bucket seats upholstered in supple leather with an "R" logo on the head restraint, and a leather squared-off steering wheel with gloss black finished spokes that carry through from the exterior design.

Since this is an R model, the Golf has also received blue pointers for the instruments, a shifter knob with an "R" motif, aluminum trim for the dashboard and doors, and aluminum pedals.

In base form, the Volkswagen Golf R comes fully equipped with a fully automatic dual-zone climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, Premium VIII audio with eight speakers, aux-in, and a Media Device Interface with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. If customers opt for the Golf R with Sunroof and Navigation, then they get the RNS 315 touchscreen navigation system, a 300-watt Dynaudio sound system, a sunroof, and Keyless Entry with push-button start.

Even though the Golf R lends itself to performance, it still delivers in practicality and versatility with a high-lifting tailgate offering 15.3 cubic feet of space. The back split 60/40 rear seat also folds down for real flexibility when hauling groceries or your golf bag.

Engine

Volkswagen Golf R - US version

The Volkswagen Golf R throws out the EA888 engine used in the current GTI and instead uses an updated version of the EA113 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 256 HP and 243 lb-ft of torque. This engine operates with direct fuel injection and double overhead camshafts with variable intake timing, and is mated to a slick shifting, close-ratio six-speed manual transmission that features a magnesium selector housing and cable operation with very short lever movements. This combination sends power to all four wheels using the latest-generation 4Motion all-wheel drive with a Haldex clutch pack that changes up the torque sent to the rear wheels depending on the road conditions at the front wheels. The clutch pack allows the Golf R to act as a front wheel drive model, benefiting fuel economy, but can also send 100% of the power to the back when needed.

Speaking of fuel economy, it has been improved to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway compared with the EPA estimated mileage of 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for the previous R32.

Suspension, Steering, and Braking

Volkswagen Golf R - US version

The Volkswagen Golf R uses a damper-strut layout with lower control arms and a stiff, tubular anti-roll bar for assisting during hard cornering, reducing body roll, and heightening steering feedback. The rear of the vehicle is handled with a compact multilink independent layout featuring coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar.

Control of the Volkswagen Golf R comes from a third-generation electro-mechanical power steering system that adjusts depending on the speed and driving situation. The system includes self-centering action which helps compensate for driving hazards like crosswinds and steep road cambers. The steering ratio in the Golf R is also quicker than the GTI’s.

Stopping Power comes from vented 13.6-inch-diameter front and 12.2-inch rear discs, an improvement of the GTI’s 12.3-inch-diameter vented front and 10.7-inch solid rear discs. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) come standard, as do the electronic brake pressure distribution (EBS) and hydraulic brake assist (HBA).

Safety

Volkswagen Golf R - US version

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R is safety on wheels with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), an Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), an Intelligent Crash Response System, and a plethora of airbags (driver and passenger front and front side thorax airbags, and Side Curtain Protection head airbags for front and rear passengers). The Intelligent Crash Response System shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and even switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions. A hill holder function automatically applies the parking brake when the vehicle comes to rest and the brake is depressed in traffic, preventing the car from rolling backwards or forwards. The brake is released once the driver presses the accelerator pedal. This is especially useful in slow traffic on long inclines.

In case something does happen, the Golf R is covered under the no-charge Carefree Maintenance Program. All scheduled maintenance is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty-three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

Prices

The Volkswagen Golf R US Spec will start off at $33,990 for the standard model and $35,490 for the Golf R with Sunroof and Navigation.

Competition

Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Volkswagen Golf R - US version
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

On the US market, the new Golf R will have to face models with longstanding presence, such as like the Subaru Impreza WRX STI and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution . For the 2012 model year, the WRX STI has been given a sportier look and a new turbocharged version of the 2.5 liter boxer engine with more than 305 HP. The Lancer Evolution gets a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 engine that delivers 291 HP with a full 300 lb.-ft. of torque.

Volkswagen Golf R - US version
LOVE IT
  • Most powerful Golf in USA
  • Looks great
  • Sportier interior
LEAVE IT
  • Competition is more powerful


20 comments:

The golf is a very nice sports car. But i still think it as a long way to go before it can be mentioned in the same sentence with the evo and the wrx sti. No offense to all the volkswagon and golf enthusiast.

One thing I love about this vehicle is its amazing performance despite its simpleness. I would also like to mention its good safety features and impressive interior that look very sporty.

It’s a great car. I love its sporty appeal, plus the impressive engine! There are a lots of car out there that sells because of good design, but this one’s different. Its simple yet amazing.

I have to agree with you guys, in any variant color it will still be a good-looking car. And I’m impressed to know that it is the most powerful Golf in USA, and I don’t has any doubt, why is it the most powerful one.

It’s a great car. I love its sporty appeal, plus the impressive engine! There are lots of car out there that being sold because of good design, but this one’s different. Its simple yet amazing.

I’m glad they never missed out to mention something about the safeness of this car.. It’s very important to ensure for your safety in choosing the perfect car for you.

This volkswagen will still be stood out for me when it comes into an alluring appearance. Moreover, it is also great that it has the most powerful engine compared on its competitor.

Between Mitsubishi and Subaru, it will surely be the most powerful vehicle between them. Anyway, I have to agree that it really looks great on its body paint but there’re still lots of cars out there, which is better than this.

Golf R is really so reasonable to buy for the fact that you can practically use it for your everyday transportation. That’s why I’m already impressed with this even though I didn’t find it stunning like the other vehicle.

Well, Golf R is really a good-looking vehicle in spite of having only a simple detailing, and I love its sporty interior! Furthermore, I think it would be more impressive if they use a great engine on it.

This vehicle is more interesting if they add some new technology on its interior! smiley Anyway, I noticed that it looks very appealing although it only had a simple detailing.

Volkswagen Golf R is totally a complete packaged for a city car! Well, this one is obviously oozing with car appeal in spite of having only simple detailing.

No wonder, if this Golf R is the most trending cars today! smiley Well, its decent and aesthetic design even its kind of powerful engine is I think what makes this car so popular. smiley

The blue and red body paint option of this one is absolutely looking great on it, but I hope that they include also some infotainment on its interior, so that it is more fun to drive. smiley

Even though it only had a simple styling and detailing, I can say that I’m still impressed on it for the fact that it is so reliable on the road and very practical to use on my everyday transportation. smiley

The color options are really look so great on it, and I must say that I am so impressed with this one from the exterior appearance to its interior features and even on its figure performance.

The EA113 turbo charged inline four-cylinder engine that this Golf-R had is just enough for this kind of car. I didn’t have such a powerful engine, because it’s already so impressive for me on its sweet looking appearance.

Yeah! I have to agree with you guys, in any variant color it will still be a good-looking car. And I’m impressed to know that it is the most powerful Golf in USA, and I don’t have any doubt, why is it the most powerful one. smiley

Either any variants of color such as rising blue or tornado red, candy white, carbon steel gray or black glossy still looked impressive, though this much stunning or simply just a standard.

The simplicity of this Volkswagen Golf R - US is very appealing, and I think the engine that it had been quite impressive for this sedan. Anyway, I also noticed the interior of this. It seems so cozy and comfortable.

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