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2015 Volkswagen Golf R Debuts, Is VW’s Most Powerful Hatch to Date

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2015 Volkswagen Golf R

A front view of the Golf R

At the opening press day of the 2014 North American International Auto Show, VW unveiled the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf R at long last. As Volkswagen promised, the newest edition Golf R is the most powerful production Golf to hit American shores yet.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R: Driving Pleasure

2015 Volkswagen Golf R engine

The engine of the Golf R

VW estimates the hot hatch, which is powered by “an even more advanced version of the EA888 four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® 2.0-liter engine that’s fitted to the new Golf GTI,” at 290 ponies, which is 34 more horses than we saddled up with last time the German automaker spit out a Golf R (a 2013 model). Even with the added boost, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R still manages to be more fuel-efficient than its predecessor. No EPA estimates have been doled out yet, obviously, so we’ll have to take the automaker’s word for it when they say that the six-speed manual will yield 31 mpg, four more than we got from the trusty, old 2013 model.

Oh, and did I mention this hatchback hits 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds? Look out, Corvette, here comes Golf. (Okay, not really.)

2015 Volkswagen Golf R engine

The engine of the Golf R

Power is sent to all four wheels via VW’s 4MOTION® system featuring a fifth-gen Halex® coupling. Volkswagen also gave the Golf R a new sport suspension, stability control system (which can be deactivated if you’re on the track), and a variable-ratio steering system. Volkswagen put these in place to ensure enhanced chassis dynamics from the 2015 model.

Thanks to the Driving Profile Selector, drivers will get four race modes: normal, individual, race, and comfort. These come with the DCC dynamic chassis control system (optional), which is responsible for controlling the damper valves.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

A side view of the Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R: Exterior

The exterior of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is marked by a new bumper design at the front of the model, featuring large air inlets, daytime running lights (in Bi-Xenon headlight housings), and an updated radiator grille modeling the bold “R” logo. The Golf R sits on 18-inch “Cadiz” aluminum-alloy wheels and features four chrome tailpipes, an “R” design diffuser, and a trunklid featuring that “R” logo again. The Golf R’s also got “R” badges on the front fenders, black brake calipers that—you guessed it—feature the “R” logo, body-color “R” style side skirts, even door mirror caps in “Matte chrome.”

2015 Volkswagen Golf R: Interior

Volkswagen also took good care of the inside details as well. Sports seats with leather seating surfaces welcome the driver and passengers in, with “Carbon” Nappa leather-upholstered head restraints, outer seat surfaces, and inner side support panels, as well as Nappa leather-trimmed center sections. Volkswagen seems to have had a love affair with leather (don’t tell PETA), because it was also utilized it for the grip zones of the “R” sport steering wheel. (And yes, it sports the “R” logo; did you even have to ask?)

The inside is also marked by “Carbon Touch” design for the door trim panels and dashboard, and features pedals, kick plates, and a foot support with a stainless-steel appearance. The instruments and touchscreen’s start menu also received customization updates, and drivers can enjoy the radio and navigation via a 5.8-inch touchscreen.

Keep your eyes peeled for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R to hit the market in the beginning of 2015.

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