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2015 Volkswagen Golf R Debut

The go-fast 2015 Volkswagen Golf R makes its official U.S. debut.

What's New

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is finally making its U.S. debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, featuring a new 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine that delivers 296 horsepower. As the most powerful Golf version on the market, the Golf R goes from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds, an improvement of 0.4 from the outgoing model. Although faster than the 2013 model, the 2015 Golf R will offer better fuel efficiency. Add to that a list of packages and exclusive features, and the new Golf stands out. The new model features three different driving modes, and four when equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system. The interior and exterior have also been updated, sporting true race-inspired elements.

Who It's For

Those in the market for a high-performance hot-hatch should keep the 2015 Golf R at the top of their lists. The newest model has been upgraded and improved from the 2013 model, and is faster and more fuel-efficient than ever. Whether you're taking this car out to the track or just driving it around town, there's a level of fun not seen in its competitors. Thanks to the different driving modes, the driver can customize the Golf R to fit their driving needs. Add the DCC system, and you can add a "Comfort" mode for those trips where comfort outweighs performance.

Key Features

The new 2015 Volkswagen Golf R, the most powerful production Golf ever for the North American market, has received some major changes, but here are our top new features:
  • 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
  • Upgraded interior and exterior.
  • New driving modes with the edition of Dynamic Chassis Control.

What We Think

The new Golf R has been given some great upgrades, both in terms of design and performance, making an already great car even better. With 34 horsepower more than the last model, the new Golf R is quicker, and thanks to the DCC, offers what we assume to be a smooth ride. The new drive modes have helped to improve the overall performance and driving dynamics. Fuel efficiency hasn't been great in the past, but with the updated engine, we expect those numbers to rise. We can't wait to get our hands on one of these when it comes to the U.S. in 2015, but we wonder if it'll have the goods to ward off the next Subaru WRX STI and a potentially over-the-top Ford Focus RS.

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