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VW’s Flagship Golf R Lands in Detroit; Hitting US Showrooms 2015

VW’s hottest hot-hatch just got hotter – and it’s ready for the US.

It first debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and VW has now brought its flagship Golf R to the Detroit Motor Show. When it goes on sale in early 2015, it will be the most powerful Golf ever sold in the US. Based on the seventh-gen Golf, the new Golf R comes packing a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 290 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or VW’s DSG dual-clutch box. The carmaker claims a 5.3-second 0-62 mph time with the stick-shift, and 4.9 seconds with the DSG.

A sport suspension keeps the Golf R 5 mm closer to the tarmac than the GTI, while adaptive chassis control can be ordered offering a range of driving modes and profiles including a new Race mode. Exterior treatments distinguishing the Golf R as the daddy of the range include a new bumper with large air inlets, a modified grille and new DRLs integrated into the bi-xenon headlights forming a dual “U” design. 18-inch “Cadiz” wheels, “R” badging, black brake calipers, matt chrome mirror caps, smoked LED rear lights, “R” design diffuser and four chrome tailpipes further set the car apart as the flagship model. Pricing is expected to be around the $35k mark.

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