Fun Equals Volkswagen Golf R
Who is meant to drive the Golf R? Everyone would benefit from some time behind the wheel, but this special edition of the Golf will not fit in everyone’s pocketbook. Those who do pony up for the much higher priced R version of this small hatchback we have come to love will enjoy an awesome ride from Volkswagen that makes them say “Mercedes-Benz what” and “BMW who” knowing they have one of the best drives that has ever come out of Germany. In fact, even though the Germans are known for being staunch and stodgy (even though they brought us beer and brats) this car is certainly capable of being called FUN!
Even though this car is expected to be sold in limited quantities, the number expected is nearly 5,000 in America and early results have shown us Volkswagen better turn the presses back on and get some more of these babies rolling off the assembly line. The Golf R shows up with an awesome 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that brings in 292 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. If you are bored by numbers, let me just say, especially for a small hatchback that is a lot of juice and is the basis for a powerful small car.
This engine is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission, or a six-speed manual that has been amazingly tuned to be awesome. This will come into play once they become used cars. Let’s throw in the mix the control of AWD and guess what, we have the recipe for fun, at least while driving. Not only are the inner workings of the car exceptional, but thee car just looks like it wants to go for a spin with an athletic stance and a small stature the Golf R just says “drive me” when you see one on the lot, which might explain why you only see one, because the rest are being driven.
Why did this version of the Golf take so long to become a reality? Especially in America where fandom is rabid about many things, this would have been a home run for years. Actually, VW has tried two other upgraded GTIs in the past, the VR6-powered R32s in 2004 and 2008 and a Golf R in 2012. These were all sold in limited quantities and features the Haldex AWD but one major change has occurred to make this new version even more fun, the stability control is able to be turned off. This gives serious drivers, or even those who want to give it a try, the ability to take the Golf R out to the track for some real fun. The kind of driving that is enjoyed at the track is much better than on normal roads, allowing you to really unleash the awesome power and performance this amazing little hatchback has to offer.
Other than being a true hot-hatch, the Golf R has a few differences from the base models that carry the same name. The suspension is lowered, there are four exhaust tips, the front and rear have a more aggressive look to them, the headlights are Bi-Xenon, the brakes are part of the GTI Performance Package and the car rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.
Overall this could easily be the return of a true hot-hatch that sees a ton of followers over the next few years. In reality this car is mostly built for those rabid fans who know what they are getting with the Golf R, but this car can nearly sell itself in awesomeness and drivability, making it one of the easiest choices and the possible pioneer of the second coming of a long line of hot hatchbacks full of power and performance, but most of all FUN!