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2011 Volkswagen Golf R

The Golf R is simply the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever built. The car delivers the ultimate Volkswagen driving experience with dynamic handling, refined road manners and unprecedented power for a Golf. It is Volkswagen's performance halo vehicle, and at the request of VW enthusiasts, the company is bringing it to the U.S. in 2012. (continued below)

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2011 Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R Coming to America

Source: Volkswagen | Published: Mon Mar 07, 2011

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As the flagship of the model series, the Golf R is equipped with standard bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights.

At 266 hp it is the most powerful version of the model series ever built. At the same time, it is the most fuel-efficient Golf R of all times - 21 percent more fuel efficient than the previous model. The Golf R sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. The Golf R performs even better when shifted with the optional direct shift gearbox (DSG). It leaves the 60 mph mark behind it in a sensational 5.3 seconds.

While the retired Golf R32 processed 10.7 liters fuel per 100 kilometers, the new Golf R only needs 8.5 liters - 2.2 liters less. After 100 kilometers, the automatically shifted Golf R DSG is filled with just 8.4 liters (195 g/km CO2) at the fuel pump. The enormous efficiency gain of the new Golf R is not some magic trick; rather it is the result of downsizing. Its legendary predecessor generated its power from a displacement of 3.2 liters ("32") and six cylinders. In the new model, this is accomplished with four cylinders and 2.0 liters of displacement.

Exterior Matches its Sporting Pedigree

Volkswagen designers have given the Golf R independent styling with a bundle of well-coordinated refinements, including large air scoops to meet the cooling demands of the 266-hp engine.

Outside, it is customized by features such as the new "Talladega" style wheels, black brake calipers with R-logo and new bumper design. In front, three very large air intakes shape the front bumper section of the Golf R; louvers on the intakes are painted in high-gloss black, and standard LED strips that serve as daytime running lights are integrated in the two outer air intakes. Also painted in high-gloss black are the two louvers of the radiator grille. A new R-logo design appears in chrome on the right side of the grille. Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering light, included at no extra charge, illuminate the way through the night.

On its sides, the Golf R is recognizable by side skirt extensions in body color and mirror housings painted in high-gloss black.

The Golf R can be clearly made out as an independent top model at the rear as well. The rear lights, a new design, stands out along with the bumper with diffuser and centrally positioned tailpipes, R-logo and larger roof edge spoiler. They operate with standard LED technology that is visually distinctive and exhibits extremely quick response as well as long in life.

Volkswagen Golf R: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I4, Turbocharged
Displacement 121 cu in (1984 cc)
Power 266 hp @ 6000 RPM
Torque 285 lb-ft @ 2500-5000 RPM
Redline n/a
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
  6 Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 225/40 R18 (Std.)
  235/35 R19 (Opt.)
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 165.8 in
Width 70.0 in
Height 57.5 in
Curb Weight MT: 3353 lbs
  AT: 3397 lbs
0-60 MT: 5.5 s
  AT: 5.3 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 155 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
NEDC Fuel Consumption - Combined MT: 8.5 l/100 km
  AT: 8.4 l/100 km
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) 36,825 EUR in Germany

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