2014 Volkswagen Golf R Debuts, With No Immediate Plans for U.S. Rollout
- The flagship 2014 Volkswagen Golf R debuted in Europe on Tuesday, but Volkswagen of America said there are no immediate plans for a rollout of the car in the U.S.
- "We haven't confirmed we're bringing the car to the U.S.," said Leigh Anne Sessions, a Volkswagen of America spokeswoman. "If we bring it, it will be at the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015."
- The high-performance model gets a 296-horsepower TSI 2.0-liter engine, which has 30 more hp than the outgoing model.
WOLFSBURG, Germany — The flagship 2014 Volkswagen Golf R debuted in Europe on Tuesday, but Volkswagen of America said there are no immediate plans for a rollout of the car in the U.S.
"We haven't confirmed we're bringing the car to the U.S.," said Leigh Anne Sessions, a Volkswagen of America spokeswoman. "If we bring it, it will be at the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015."
The 2013 Golf R is a limited-edition model here that is priced at $34,990, including a $795 destination charge. Sessions said the allotment of a couple of thousand units was snapped up by buyers and sold out quickly. She said there is no 2014 Golf R in VW's U.S. lineup.
The European version of the 2014 Golf R starts at the U.S. equivalent of $51,493 and goes on sale in Germany in the fourth quarter of 2013 in two- and four-door models.
The high-performance model gets a 296-horsepower TSI 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which has 30 more horsepower than the outgoing model. VW says the engine is an advanced version of the one in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI.
The Golf R sprints from zero to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission, the automaker said. The Golf R's top speed is pegged at 155 mph. The Golf R gets a new sport suspension and a new version of the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
Volkswagen also said the redesigned Golf R is up to 18 percent more fuel efficient than the previous model, returning combined fuel economy of 34 mpg on the European Cycle. Sessions said VW is not offering a fuel economy estimate for the car in the U.S. at this point.
The redesigned Golf R gets special bumpers, side skirts and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, along with standard bi-xenon headlights with new LED daytime running lights. The cabin gets sport seats, a leather-trimmed, three-spoke steering wheel, ambient lighting, automatic climate control and a touchscreen radio system.
Options include 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. A new exterior paint color, Lapis Blue Metallic, is exclusive to the Golf R.
Edmunds says: The Volkswagen Golf R has a loyal following in the U.S., so it is a virtual no-brainer that the car will end up here at some point.