Volkswagen has announced that its new sports performance car, the 2012 Golf R, is expected to hit the markets in early 2012. The 256 HP Golf R will probably be the highest power output producing car released by Volkswagen in the United States. The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R will be offered in two-door and four-door models.
The 2012 Golf R exterior has also been improved greatly and looks quite sporty. The most striking features are the Bi-Xenon headlights fitted with LED DRLs offered with all Golf R models. Other noticeable improvements include the glossy dark radiator grille, tuned suspensions and a sporty front bumper. The Golf R also features 18-ich aluminium alloy wheels with black calipers, high performance diffuser and chrome twin exhaust pipe. The interior of the VW car has also been designed quite elegantly which is evident from the custom multifunction steering wheel and the leather topped seats. The revolutionary Electronic Stability Control System has been enhanced so that it makes driving a comfortable yet sporty experience.
Volkswagen has equipped the Golf R with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that employs Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) technology to generate more power. The enhanced engine is able to produce 256 HP and 243 pound-feet of torque for the wheels. The maximum speed that can be attained by the Golf R is electronically limited to 130 miles per hour. The Golf R transmits the power through a six speed manual gearbox to all four wheels. Volkswagen has installed the latest Haldex system in the Golf R in order to make four-wheel drive possible.
The Volkswagen Golf R offers high performance which we can see from the fact that it takes only 6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour. This sports vehicle is also quite fuel efficient and gives a mileage of 27 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 miles per gallon in the city. The fuel efficiency of the Golf R sets it apart from its gas guzzling competitors like the BMW 135i and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R: VW’S NEW PERFORMANCE ICON
With 256 horsepower, the Golf R is the most powerful VW sports performance vehicle ever sold in the U.S.
- R employs most powerful Golf production engine sold in the U.S.
- Six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard
- Predicted fuel economy of 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
- Bi-Xenon headlights and LED DRLs standard on Base trim
- On-sale early 2012 as a 2012 model, in both two- and four-door versions
Herndon, VA, - The Golf R will go on sale in early 2012, and features a high-output version of Volkswagen's 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder FSI® engine, making 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. There will be just one transmission option: a six-speed manual. Drive is taken to all four wheels through a fourth-generation Haldex® system.
In keeping with the R's mission as a performance flagship for the VW brand, the vehicle is equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and unique 18-inch wheels. Even the Electronic Stability Control system has been re-tuned for a sportier driving experience. With a predicted weight of 3325 pounds for the two-door model, distributed 60 percent up front, it’s estimated that the Golf R will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds. Top speed will be electronically limited to 130 mph. The fuel economy is predicted to be excellent for such a sporting car, with 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The Golf R will be available in both two- and four-door forms, the first time in the U.S. for a Golf R model. The car signals its sporting intent with a number of interior and exterior enhancements. The front bumper has a motorsport look, there’s a high-gloss black radiator grille and dramatic LED DRLs are integrated into the Bi-Xenon headlights. Gloss-black-painted brake calipers nestle behind stylish new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. At the rear of the car, there’s a center-mounted chrome twin tailpipe and a racing-style diffuser, also highlighted in gloss black.
The interior gains a unique steering wheel, shifter knob, door sill plates and trim that differentiate it from the GTI. There are two trim levels: Base and High. Inside, the Base model features a multifunction steering wheel and leather-topped seats with the R logo, while the High trim adds a sunroof, the RNS 315 navigation system, the Dynaudio® sound system, and keyless entry with push-button start.
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