|Photo Gallery, Review & Specifications
2012 Volkswagen Golf R
Intelligent downsizing. That's what the new Golf R represents. The heir to the 2004 and 2008 Golf R32 models, the new R manages to have more power, more performance, and consume less gasoline than its illustrious iconic performance forebears. It offers this for $33,990, plus destination, for the two-door Golf R model. (continued below)
|2012 Golf R Photo Gallery
Most Powerful Golf Production Engine to be Sold in the U.S.
|Source: Volkswagen | Published: Mon Oct 10, 2011
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Whereas the R32 models used 3.2-liter VR6 engines, the new Golf R is fitted
with a high-output version of the award-winning turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI
engine. This engine makes 256 horsepower, six more than the VR6 fitted into the
2008 R32. As well as offering more power and performance, the Golf R is also
more economical, with manufacturer estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city
and 27 mpg on the highway compared with EPA estimated mileage of 18 mpg in the
city and 23 mpg on the highway for the prior model.
Like the previous R32 models, the Golf R is equipped with Volkswagen's 4Motion
all-wheel-drive system: the latest generation of this system can divert up to
100 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, if needed. All Golf R models sold
in the U.S will be equipped with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.
For the first time, the Golf R will be available in two- and four-door guises as
well as in two trim levels: well-equipped Golf R and luxurious Golf R with
Sunroof and Navigation.
Golf R's Exterior Design
The Golf R is a refined vehicle that's marked by clean, minimalist lines that
are mixed with sharp, intricate detailing. The style is sleek and contemporary,
yet timeless and elegant.
The changes made for the Golf R are subtle yet striking, in keeping with the
car's mission of providing sophisticated and understated performance. Up front,
there's a new bumper that incorporates LED daytime running lights and three
large black air intakes that help cool the engine. The radiator grille is
finished in gloss black and features an "R" logo that sets the front of the car
apart from the rest of the Golf range. Unique Bi-Xenon headlamps that are framed
in black also have the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), whereby the lights
turn with the steering wheel, up to a maximum of 15 degrees, to provide better
visibility around bends.
The car's streamlined profile continues toward the rear, with a pair of subtly
flared side skirts running along the lower edge of the body. The new 18-inch
aluminum-alloy wheels expose gloss-black-painted brake calipers that incorporate
the "R" logo; the exterior mirrors also have a gloss-black finish.
There's further differentiation at the back of the R, where a new rear bumper
was needed to accommodate the central twin pipes for the exhaust system, similar
to the tailpipes fitted on the original 2004 R32. The bumper also features a
gloss-black diffuser. The back end is highlighted by a slightly larger tail
spoiler than that of the GTI and a subtle "R" badge. The R is available in five
colors: Rising Blue, Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray, Black, and Tornado Red.
Volkswagen Golf R: Review (2/2)
|Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
||121 cu in (1984 cc)
||256 hp @ 6000 rpm
||243 lb-ft @ 2500-5000 rpm
||All Wheel Drive
||6 Speed Manual
|Brakes & Tires
|Brakes Front - Rear
||Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
|Tire Size Front - Rear
||225/40 R18 (Std.)
||235/35 R19 (Opt.)
|Exterior Dimensions & Weight
|EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway
|Origin & Price
|Base Retail Price (MSRP)