2012 Volkswagen Golf R To Differ From European Version

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R is certainly a looker and reports out of Europe state that it drives like a champ, but when it arrives in the United States, what lives under the hood will be slightly different.

Coming to America is often a torturous process for most European vehicles. Not only do Americans love their massive boats on wheels, but the model that is on sale in Europe is always forced to go through some sort of surgery before it arrives and the new 2012 Volkswagen Golf R is no different.

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show tomorrow, but it seems that the European model will differ from the version that is coming to the United States.

Each Volkswagen Golf R will pack the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will be connected to the company's four-generation Haldex all-wheel drive system. Yet, it's in the power numbers that the differences show. Where as the European version cranks out 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the Yank only pumps out 256 horsepower and around 243 pound-feet of torque.

No need to fret, however, as the Volkswagen Golf R will still put out 56 more ponies than the GTI and considering the fact that the R tips the scales at only 3,300 pounds, this little German hatchback should be fairly quick. Volkswagen estimates a 0-62 mile per hour time of around 5.7- to 5.9 seconds.



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