2011 Volkswagen Golf R
The 2010 Golf R doesn’t disappoint in the performance department either. Reported figures are that the Golf R will reach 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds and still return miles per gallon figures in the upper 20s. It will also reach its 155-mph governor, but not with the same fire of a pure high-end sports car. That said, there are some quirks with the Golf R and one of those is that the traction control never really turns off. According to the Car and Driver, the Golf R’s traction control will let you get a little wild with it, but in the end it will pull in the reins if it thinks you are passing the point of no return.
Other quirk is found in the DSG automatic transmission. Ironically, it will shave 0.2 seconds off shifting versus a manual transmission, but it will also shift for you if you hit the redline. The final quirk is the one that seems to be the decider of whether this new performance model makes the giant leap across the pond to the U.S. market. That quirk—price. Yes the 2010 Volkswagen Golf R is set to come in at 36,400 euros (basically $50,800). If the car came to the U.S., we would expect to see it have a $10K premium over the $24K base GTI price. Even though it is a little quicker than the GTI, the premium may be too steep to make someone choose one letter over three. For the moment, the Golf R is planned to stay in the EU.
[Source: Car and Driver]