Volkswagen releases pricing for Golf R-not a cheap basement
Entertainment enthusiasts are always looking for products with good performance. In Europe, hot hatch is the answer for many people-here, we like our sports cars a bit differently. The Volkswagen Golf R has been on sale in Europe for some time, but in December last year, Volkswagen announced that it would sell it here at the request of enthusiasts. The Golf R is the most powerful (6 horsepower) golf ever. It replaces the V-6 powered Golf R20. Today Volkswagen announced the pricing of this car, and those who want to buy a really good performance car will not find it here-it will make you back down a lot. The cash register for the Golf R three-door hatchback is priced at $33,990 (before destination).
Adding a Sunroof and Navigation package will bump that to $35,490 for the three-door and a steep $36,090 for the five-door. In case you doubted the car would be geared exclusively toward enthusiasts, all Golf Rs will be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. 4Motion all-wheel drive comes standard, and quite impressively, it can divert up to 100 percent of the R’s power to the rear wheels. In normal driving however, VW says it will “act like a front-wheel drive machine.” VW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder is under the hood, and it makes 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. That number is up significantly on the GTI’s 200 hp and 207 lb-ft figures, and the extra power means VW upgraded the connecting rods, reinforced the cylinder block and fitted a new BorgWarner K04 turbocharger boosted to 17 psi.
The Golf R includes a good amount of standard kit, and at its $33,990 list price it better. Things like Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and an adaptive front lighting system (for swiveling light around corners) are standard. Other features include Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) and an Electronic Differential Lock (EDL). The R includes a number of visual tweaks to differentiate it from the more plebeian GTI model.
The front has a new, more aggressive instrument panel with three new air intakes and a redesigned grille painted in glossy black. The brake calipers and exterior mirrors are also finished in bright black. Side skirts and a larger rear spoiler complete these changes, as well as R's unique 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The Golf R did not go on sale until early next year, as a 2012 model-which is almost unheard of in this industry now. It will be available in five colors: rising blue, candy white, carbon steel gray, black and tornado red.
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