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VW Golf R Coming Stateside

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On: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

VW Golf R Coming Stateside

The United States misses out on a lot of lively cars and special editions from Europe-based companies like Volkswagen and Audi. But there's one that the U.S. won't be missing out on: the VW Golf R, a souped-up version of the Golf hatch. VW execs have indicated that the German automaker will be exporting the Golf R across the Atlantic.

Jonathan Browning, president of Volkswagen of America, confirmed at a recent meeting of the International Motor Press Association that the Golf R is coming. Though it's been on sale in Europe for more than a year, it will take another year to get here, with a 2012 launch being scheduled. Browning cited a "demand among car enthusiasts."

The Golf R, which VW calls the "the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever built," features a souped-up version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo seen in the GTI. In its Golf R tune, that engine will put out around 256 hp.Those horses power all four wheels through VW's 4th-generation Haldex 4Motion AWD system. Shifting is manual, and manual only.

The Golf R will also boast an upgraded electronic stability program, larger brakes, and sportier suspension. Inside, the R will make itself known by means of a distinct steering wheel, R shift knob, and R trim, while on the outside buyers will enjoy 18-inch wheels, center-mounted dual exhaust, and an R body kit.

The Golf R will be available in both two-door and four-door hatch options.

In other interesting news, VW announced a new partnership with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation—you know, the guys behind the Stratocaster guitar. That partnership will work toward a high-end audio system developed around Panasonic speakers. The system will make its debut next spring in the 2011 Jetta GLI.

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LeRoy | 3:21PM (Mon, Dec 13, 2010)

Great car. Drove it in Europe. Should have been in the states long ago

grestm car

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