The last time we’ve had a true R model Volkswagen in the states, it was with the R32. That was about six years ago. But now, there’s official word that the Volkswagen Golf R is making the giant leap, and thankfully, it’s going to be on a better diet than the previous heavy car. The old car was powered by VW’s VR6 3.2 l engine, but the new one is going to be powered by the 2.0T mill. No, it isn’t the same one we’ve gotten used to however in the GTI, GLI, and Audi A4. European power figures rate this one at a whopping 270 bhp and 258 lb-ft of torque. All of that is going to be sent through Volkswagen’s 4Motion Haldex all wheel drive system. Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Ralliart, take note.
To help control the massive increase in power, the new Golf R is going to be fitted with bigger brakes, an uprated suspension, 18 inch wheels, a center exit exhaust (more of a styling bit perhaps) and a less restrictive ESP. But what’s even more interesting is that this Golf R is going to be available in both two and four door versions, and paired with only a manual transmission. Shame on all of you who thought it was dead. Color me excited!