The German automaker Volkswagen has just unveiled official details about the all new Golf R - "the strongest Golf produced". The new turbocharged Golf R will replace the Golf R32 and be placed above the Golf GTI in Volkswagen’s lineup.
The exterior the new Golf R features a set of Talladega wheels and upgraded brakes as well as a more aggressive front bumper complete with large air intakes, standard LED strips, a new designed R logo, Bi-Xenon headlights and the rest of the exterior benefits from color matched side skirt extensions and mirror housings painted in a high gloss black paint. On the inside, the Golf R is distinguished by fine leather contrasting with piano black and chrome surfaces, the new “Top Sport seat system”, R gearshift knob, specific floor mats and aluminum kick plates featuring the new R logo along with a set of stainless steel sport pedals as well as an R specific instrument cluster.
Under the hood, Volkswagen placed a 2.0 Liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that delivers 270 HP at 6,000 RPM and sends the new Golf R from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.7 seconds thanks in part to the car’s all wheel drive system. This is almost a full second faster than the old R32’s 6.5 second 60 MPH sprint time, while Golf R’s top speed is still electronically limited to 155 MPH.
Updated 01/25/10: Volkswagen revealed a new image gallery for the new Golf R. Check it out!
Updated 12/09/2010: Volkswagen has officially confirmed today that the Golf R will be available on the US market starting 2012. It will be offered in both two and four door version and will feature upgraded sport tuned suspension, 18" alloy wheels, different R elements and the most important part: manual transmission only. The US version will make its world debut in January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show.
Press release after the jump.