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2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R (FAQ)

2014 Detroit Auto Show


What Is It?
2015 Volkswagen Golf R

What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is a high-performance version of the latest Golf. It is similar in concept to the existing Golf R, but based on an entirely new platform. The new Golf R is faster, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the current model.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Volkswagen said it expects to have the 2015 Golf R in dealers in the first quarter of 2015.

How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the Golf R will be priced slightly higher than the current four-door model which ranges from $34,795 to $36,515.

How Many Body Styles Are There?
The 2015 Golf R will be sold as a four-door hatchback only, rather than offering a choice of two or four doors as is the case with the current Golf R.

What Kind of Engine and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder, 290 horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque
· Six-speed manual or dual-clutch automated manual transmission
· All-wheel drive only

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R has unique body and cabin treatments, the latest version of the company's all-wheel-drive system and next-generation navigation and radio controls. The latter will be accessed through a 5.8-inch touchscreen.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Subaru WRX: Less expensive and less powerful, the all-new WRX nonetheless offers a significantly sharpened driving experience. No hatchback body style is offered, however.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: The Lancer Evolution is hugely capable, but is less plush and its interior more bare-bones. Like the WRX, it comes as a four-door sedan only.

Audi S3: In principle, the S3 will be the sedan version of the Golf R since they will share many parts (Volkswagen owns Audi). The S3 will be available during the fall of 2014.

Should You Wait for It?
The current Golf R is comfortable, quick and refined. The 2015 model promises to follow the same formula but with even more performance, fuel efficiency and the availability of an automatic gearbox. Still, if you can drive a manual, the current car remains a fine choice.



  • genereb genereb Posts:

    The big (as yet unanswered) question is whether or not the stability and traction control can be fully disabled. I love hot hatches (currently own a Focus ST), and I've heard great things about the GTI and Golf R. As a regular autocrosser, though, fully defeatable stability control is a must, so I've always had to scratch VW hatches off my shopping list.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    "How Many Body Styles Are There? The 2015 Golf R will be sold as a four-door hatchback only, rather than offering a choice of two or four doors as is the case with the current Golf R." And yet, the photos right above this statement with the caption "2015 Volkswagen Golf R Picture" show a 2 door car...

  • Normally, this is the part where I would inquire about the future availability of the Scirocco R sports coupe, especially since the Golf R will no longer be available as a 2-door. Instead I think that I would probably be wasting my time. Perhaps Volkswagen will continue to tease us with more road tests of a car that will not be available in the U.S. I would like to think that perhaps the elimination of the 2-door Golf R might be a prelude to the introduction of the Scirocco coupe, but I don't want to get my hopes up, only to be disappointed. Oh well....

  • marcos9 marcos9 Posts:

    I'd rather have an R wagon - preferably a Passat R wagon. Now that would be cool. I like hot hatches, but for those with a family, it's too damn small.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Engine specs look good on paper. AWD should give it a real performance edge over FWD predecessors. Will be interested to see test drive reports. And pictures of the 4-door, not the 2-door which won't even be offered in the US.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    This is a VW - crankshaft hp specs = what's found at the wheels, torque even higher. 330 hp and 340 torque at the crank, if history is any indication. Evo is competition? Golf R is near-luxury HB; Evo is brilliant-performing ham can.

  • jkavanagh jkavanagh Posts:

    Enlightenment can be found in the photo captions, gents... @genereb - see caption for photo #4 @banhugh - see caption for photo #1 (the photo you're referencing)

  • stonehammer stonehammer Posts:

    but... can you turn the traction/stability control OFF?

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