The Volkswagen Golf R, the most hardcore version of VW’s little hatchback has just made its official North American debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine pushes the Golf R to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds thanks to its 290 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to all four wheels through either a six-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual.
While the motor is a tuned up version of the GTI engine, the Golf R gets a more aggressive steering ratio that locks after 2.1 turns, a “progressive” variable ratio steering system and stability control that can be de-activated for track driving. Chassis enhancements have also been made to this R version which sits 0.2 inches lower than the GTI.
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For those who don’t want a car that is aggressive all the time, the Golf R comes complete with four drive modes: comfort, normal, individual and race. Damping, shift points and engine response are all changed depending on which drive mode the car is put in.
For looks, the Golf R sports 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, an aggressive bodykit with LED daytime running lights and a four-tip exhaust.
Extra style comes to the interior as well, with the Golf R sporting nappa leather trimmed sport seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, carbon fiber dash inlays and a unique gauge cluster.
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