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 |  Jan 15 2010, 4:47 PM

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Apparently not all big debuts happen at the Detroit Auto Show. Volkswagen made a splash at the Montreal Auto Show, by showing, for the first time in North America, the Euro-spec Golf R. First unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year, VW has yet to confirm this model for production in North America, but the fact that it’s being shown here means the German automaker is testing the waters.

In a statement Volkswagen Canada said that it, “brings this Concept vehicle to Montreal to gauge public reaction and solicit feedback in order to determine the desirability of a premium performance model like the Golf R Concept for sale in the Canadian market at some point in the future.”

A step above the GTI, the Ruses the same turbocharged 4-cylinder engine as found in the Audi TTS and makes 265-hp and 258 ft-lbs of torque. Combined with an all-wheel drive 4MOTION setup, VW claims a 0-62 mph time of just 5.5 seconds!

In addition, the Golf R gets a stiffer and lower suspension, larger and more powerful brakes, a special aero kit and dual exhaust tips. Inside there are new sport seats, special aluminum pedals and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Sold for €36,400 in Europe, that would equate to over $50,000 based on current exchange rates. Realistically, however, a U.S. spec Golf R (or GTI R) is more likely to be slightly less well-equipped (meaning you can forget those nicely bolstered seats) and retail for closer to $30,000.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Golf R

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Official release after the jump:

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