Here’s the latest intel about the US version of the VW Golf R which will arrive soon.
Don’t worry – we’re still getting the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to the company’s fourth-generation Haldex 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. But while the European car cranks out 270 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, Volkswagen tells us that the U.S. car will produce something closer to 256 hp and 243 lb-ft (not yet confirmed). Still, that’s 56 hp and 36 lb-ft more than the standard GTI, and since the Golf R is estimated to weigh around 3,300 pounds – 250 pounds lighter than the most recent R32 – the end result should be quite lively. Volkswagen is estimating that 0-62 mile-per-hour times will fall somewhere in the 5.7- to 5.9-second range.
As we reported earlier, the Golf R will only be offered with a six-speed manual transmission when it hits our shores.