Nearly a year after confirming that the Golf R, Volkwagen’s hottest hatch, would come to America, pricing has been announced for the all-wheel-driven model.
Arriving in American showrooms in January, the R will carry prices ranging from $34,760 to $36,860. The brand is offering the R in two- and four-door form, but there is no choice in transmissions: a six-speed manual is it.
Ostensibly the successor of the 2008 R32 Golf, the R swaps the R32’s V-6 for a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. The R holds a significant power advantage over the $24,465 GTI, as well as the Jetta GLI and Beetle Turbo, whose version of the 2-liter motor is rated at 200 horsepower. E.P.A. mileage figures for the Golf are 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 m.p.g. on the highway.
Though power is higher, the R’s standard 4Motion all-wheel-drive system levies a weight penalty. The two-door R weighs nearly 300 pounds more than its GTI equivalent — 3,325 pounds to 3,034 pounds.
Buyers who choose the four door, meanwhile, are limited to the highest trim, called the Sunroof and Navigation model. The package also adds a premium audio system and push-button start. The two door will be available with or without that option package. Five color choices are available for all models: white, blue, red, black and gray.
At the Frankfurt auto show last month, VW showed a conceptual R version of the redesigned Beetle, which a brand representative said would be produced. The company also markets an R version of its Scirocco coupe, which is not available in the United States.