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VW Golf R hot-rod hits U.S.


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The R is making its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. VW says it will go on sale in most markets late this year.

 

If it hits U.S. dealerships in 2015, it'll probably be called a 2016.

 

VW says the heart of the car is "a newly configured, 296- horsepower TSI engine," that's rated 280 lbs.-ft. of torque and should get 18% better fuel-economy. Those are German-market ratings, and the U.S. are expected to be a bit lower.

 

The current-generation U.S.-market Golf R is rated 256 hp, 243 pounds-feet of torque. Mileage ratings are 19 mpg in the city, 27 on the highway, 22 in combined city/highway driving. If VW's mpg forecast is right, the new R should have ratings of about 22/32/26 mpg.

 

A new version of VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive keeps the hefty amount of power from simply smoking the tires, as would be likely if it were front-drive only, as the basic Golf is. To distinguish the R from the Golf GTI, also a high-performance iteration of the Golf, the R has unique air intakes, different bumpers and side spats, four-pipe exhaust outlets.

 

The most-recent R -- discontinued during the 2013 model run; there is no 2014 -- had a starting price of $34,795 in the U.S. No word about U.S. pricing of the next-generation R

 

If VW keeps its promise, The Golf R should be the last model that puts the U.S. last on the launch list. Staggered launches are a source of aggravation for U.S. dealers and buyers, who don't like waiting for something on sale elsewhere. VW says it needs to finish a factory in Puebla, Mexico, in order to better synchronize U.S. launches with those elsewhere.

 

Once Puebla's done -- early next year, VW says -- production of Golf models for North and South America will be shifted there from Germany, making them available more-or-less simultaneously in all markets. Puebla will start production with the seventh-generation Golf, sometimes called G7, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show a year ago. The new R will be based on that new Golf.

 

Golf is VW's best-selling car worldwide,. but its sales in the U.S. are down more than 20% this year and are a fraction of VW's Jetta and Passat sales.

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Imagine because VW make more money out of their own seats?

 

Will be interesting to see if they will come out as part of a facelift towards the end of the life of the Mk7 model though. Or maybe in the R400 (if it happens).

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call me controversial but to be honest I'm not a huge fan of the Recaro bucket-style seats! when buying my R32 I deliberately avoided them..felt they were really hard and uncomfy, would be horrible on a long journey, the standard leathers are lot softer and comfier :sad:

 

they do look absolutely awesome though and make the interior, especially when you look in from the outside, much like Audi's RS buckets.. really give it that 'wow factor'... but not having a sore bum on longer journeys is more important to me :tongue:

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Proper bucket seats would have been a nice bonus - had sparcos on my old car and they were the most comfortable seat Ive ever had in a car. They looked good, kept me well planted in the car during spirited driving and as a bonus, they were lighter than the standard seats... I used them for my daily and for business use and were great - I do find you have to be the right build for a particular bucket seat though: I guess I was spot on for the ones I had fitted as many others did complain... overall, that's probably why they didn't offer buckets as its harder to suit everyone in terms of build/shape.

 

Decent buckets as standard, perhaps with standard sports seats as a no cost option, would have been ideal for me :)

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I think they were £3250 extra on my 6R did love them even though they could have been a better colour :cheesy:

Comfort wise great, getting in and out of them a problem for some. Seems they have saved them for the R400

now. Having said all that the std seats in the 7 are very good Indeed.

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I wouldn't have gotten one if it had those ghastly (in my opinion) seats in it. Perhaps for the R400 it makes more sense to do that.

 

This ^ would probably reaffirm VWs stance and comfort them that they've made the right choice in offering what they have for the R...

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They are simply superb if you have lived with them, If I had 20 sets in the garage,well fook happy days :cheesy:

but you need to be cool, single and a poseur who needs support ( and I get Dj's comment something to do with

the 4low job ) . I can remember a high speed race to a welsh hospital in my 6R with recaros stunning :afro::afro:

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