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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

Taking things to the next level.

by on Feb.27, 2015

The 2015 Golf R adds another strong entry to the expanding Golf hatchback family.

What do you do when you’ve nabbed some of the industry’s top honors? How do you one-up yourself after being named both North American Car of the Year, as well as Motor Trend Car of the Year.  If you’re Volkswagen, you take things to the next level with the launch of the new Golf R.

With its turbocharged, 292-horsepower inline-four, a pavement grabbing all-wheel-drive system and an electronic differential lock designed to keep you always pointed in the right direction, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is more than just the sportiest member of the fast-growing Golf “family.” It’s also the sort of product the German maker needs to kick-start a brand that has been unable to take advantage of the overall recovery of the U.S. car market.

The Last Word!

If you think this is just a slightly upgraded version of the GTI, well, you need to spend a little time behind the wheel of the new Golf R. Preferably on some fast roads with plenty of aggressive corners. We were lucky enough to be handed a set of keys and a route map that took us into the winding mountain passes east of San Diego – with, of course, a stop for some pie in Julian, a pleasant little mountain town that time has virtually passed by.


New Volkswagen Golf R – More Powerful and More Fuel-Efficient

But U.S. motorists are in for a wait.

by on Aug.20, 2013

The new Golf R debuts in Europe by autumn.

While American motorists will still have to wait awhile to see even the base version of the new Volkswagen Golf reach showrooms, VW is already offering us a look at the next-generation Golf R performance model.

And the hot hatch will deliver a combination of more power and improved fuel-efficiency, the maker says, while offering the latest version of VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

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Already on sale in Europe, the seventh-generation Golf has been generating quite a bit of buzz with its new lightweight platform and features. And that carries over to the new Golf R which adds some touches as its progressive steering and Dynamic Chassis Control, or DCC, systems, as well as a new sport suspension.