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.

Volkswagen will only be offering the six-speed manual transmission of the Golf R, while the DSG will be left in Europe. Considering the fact that most Americans can't operate a manual gearbox anymore, this decision makes one wonder.

As for options, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R will sell as is in most cases. The only options available will be two or four doors and a package that will incorporate things like a sunroof, navigation and a neat audio system.

Volkswagen is aiming the new Golf R in the $30,000 price range, around the same as the 2008 R32. Volkswagen is hoping to sell around 5,000 in total of these hot hatchbacks and by the looks of it, that shouldn't be too hard.


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