It’s looking like the Volkswagen Golf R will make its debut in the USA for 2012 as the long wait for its release comes to an end. Word has gone back and forth on this hatch’s release in the US, and it’s now official that in 2012 it will be available to the public. Ive always been a big fan of the R platforms as they provide a beefed up version of an already fantastic GTI hatchback.
The Volkswagen Golf R will likely come sporting larger brakes, sportier suspension, and continue with the R-line’s 18″ wheel package and dual center exit exhaust system. In addition, the R will use Volkswagens Haldex 4Motion all-wheel-drive system to keep its wheels planted firmly on the road during tight cornering and sporty driving. Even better for most, it will come exclusively with a manual transmission. No more paddles!
It looks like the battle between R branded Volkswagen’s and their AWD counterparts the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer will continue for some time to come. A tuners ability to modify the R will likely keep it at the top of the street racers to-buy list. Coupled with its high 200 horsepower numbers and mid 200 torque numbers, even in its stock condition it will be one heck of a crotch rocket.