We’ve had to wait quite a long time for a new hot hatch from Germany, but now it seems that one is close to arrival. Tuned by the in-house R team at Volkswagen, the Golf R will spice up the Golf line when it arrives in the United States.
The new Golf R will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and although Volkswagen hasn’t given us power numbers, the European version produces 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That power will be sent to all four wheels via VW’s fourth-generation Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive system, making it instantly comparable to the rally-inspired machines from Mitsubishi and Subaru.
To go along with the increase in power, the Golf R will also get larger brakes, an upgraded suspension, 18-inch wheels, center-exit exhaust and an ESP that has been tuned for more aggressive driving.
Buyers will be able to choose between a two-door or a four-door version, but they won’t have a transmission choice, as all models will come with a manual gearbox.
To add some flair to the hatchback, the R model will include model-specific aero parts, along with upgraded trim and a new steering wheel and shift knob.
Volkswagen has not yet said when the Golf R will debut.