2012 Volkswagen Golf R with 256 hp for the U.S. is expensive


The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R has finally decided to cross the pond to the U.S. market, but with a hefty sticker price. The Germany automaker has just released pricing details today on the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R, which will go on sale early next year.

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R will be offered in three- and five-door hatchbacks with pricing starts from $33,900, not including destination charge. Models that come with a sunroof and navigation system will cost about $35,490 for two-door and $36,090  for four-door, not including destination charge. That is a hefty sum of money for a Golf, well, not just any VW Golf.

The new 2012 Volkswagen Golf R for the U.S. will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing about 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a Haldex all-wheel drive system. Volkswagen claims that the new turbocharged engine churns out an estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. In addition, it can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds and with a limited top speed of 130 mph.

The new 2012 Golf R also comes with a tuned suspension, new vented 13.6-inch-diameter front and 12.2-inch rear discs, and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 performance tires. Changes in suspension also include a larger, tubular anti-roll bar up front and a four-link rear with three lateral control arms.

To show off the performance enhancements in the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R, Volkswagen added a new body kit that consists of a new designed from bumper featuring LED daytime running lights, a rear bumper with a diffuser featuring central-mounted tail pipes, and gloss black finish for mirrors and brake calipers. In addition, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R will be available in five colors of Rising Blue, Carbon Steel Gray, Candy White, Black, and Tornado Red.

As for the interior, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R gets new bucket seats, the shifter knob and a sports steering wheel along with blue pointers in the instruments and the “R” logos on the side panels.