Top Gear Names Hot Hatch of the Year
The boys at Volkswagen are probably drinking champagne and celebrating another job well done, as Top Gear has given the award to the Golf R. The award was presented at the Top Gear Awards that were hosted by the world famous Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
The Golf R keeps the trophy in the family, as the previous winner was the Golf GTI. The crew found the hot hatch to be ‘extraordinarily good at so many things’.
“This is the third generation of Golf R and the fastest and most focused yet; we designed it to appeal to keen drivers exactly like the judges at TopGear. On behalf of Volkswagen and Volkswagen R it’s a real honor for the Golf to be recognized with such an award,” stated Hendrik Muth, Head of Marketing and Communications at Volkswagen R – the special projects wing of Volkswagen tasked with designing and developing R products.
The Golf R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All the power is sent to all four wheels, via VW’s Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Not to mention the fact that it’s a German hatchback, so it’s built with the ultimate precision.
During most of these award ceremonies, Americans are left wondering why they can’t buy that great European vehicle. Well, in this case, Volkswagen is going to launch the Golf R in the United States in 2012.
Those that feel this model to be just another GTI will be sorely mistaken, as it features more power, an upgraded suspension, 18-inch wheels, center-exit dual exhaust and a more liberally tuned ESP.
All in all, Americans have something to get excited about for once.
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