Volkswagen Golf R to Debut at 2014 Detroit Auto Show with 290 HP

Largely unchanged compared to the current Euro-spec model, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R will make its North American splash debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show later this month. The flagship Volkswagen hot hatch that is scheduled to hit U.S. shores in early 2015 will be available only as a four-door (not pictured) and will have a slightly lower horsepower figure than that of its current Euro cousin.

Volkswagen estimates that the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R destined for U.S. showrooms is capable of 290 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, representing a 34-hp bump over the last Volkswagen Golf R. Fuel economy is also improved by 4 mpg despite the added stable of horses, with an estimated 31 mpg rating on the highway. For reference, the upcoming U.S.-spec Volkswagen GTI will have 210/220 hp -- the R definitely stands for Raucous.

Like the Euro-spec version, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R will be available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Opting for the DSG will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, compared to 5.3 seconds when shifting by hand. A new all-wheel-drive system, xenon headlamps, daytime LED running lights, and an optional new adaptive suspension distinguish the Golf R from the standard 2015 Volkswagen GTI, which is slated for U.S. sale in mid-2014.

Perhaps the biggest change, though, is the ability to fully disengage stability control, which was one of our biggest criticisms with the last-gen Volkswagen Golf R. Our staffers offered similar sentiments when the hot hatch made the rounds back in 2012, agreeing that the constant permanent control was a track-day blight on the car’s otherwise brilliant driving dynamics, especially considering the nearly-$40,000 price and supposed superiority to the Volkswagen GTI.

Pricing is not yet available, but stay tuned for more information on the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R during our coverage of the 2014 Detroit auto show.

awesome ride, but bmw money, cheaper more practical way for TTRS performance
Russ Fitzgerald
I love it !!
Dayan De Silva
Wickedly handsome
Lee Klein
How are they going to manage the torque steer?
Javed Azad
Copy of polo
Christian Schmidt
i would take one. fun little pocket rocket
Richard Hernon
I'm not totally up to date on rumors, but last I read VW hasn't confirmed this is coming to America. Has that been confirmed?
Jon Kithcart
How much?
Želimir Blažević
Claud Pipkin
Too much HP..........for a small car....Unless you're racing.........
Matt Simmons
Save the Manuals
R Scott Torgan
DSG!!!!!!!! oh thankyou, thankyou, thankyou....
Scott Timmermans
I own a 2013 Golf R. Essentially my 6th GTI, albeit an uber GTI. My previous car was an '08 GTI with 120,000 miles on it when I traded it in. My '13 Golf R is by far the best GTI that I've owned. Truly amazing actually with a sublime suspension. However, it is not perfect. It lacks the low end torque and perfect power curve where I need it most for 'everyday' driving. Specifically in the 2k to 3.5k rev range. Above that, wow! It's in a different league. My Golf R also looses in the point and shoot contest. It just doesn't feel as sharp edged or as lively as my '08. I have read reviews stating that the Mk. 7 GTI is more of a 'drivers' car, less of a GT car, than the Mk. 6 Golf R...and more fun to drive. THAT'S what I'm looking for! A true drivers car! I want a poor mans M3 for $35k to $40k. I also want DSG, bad. I am embarrassed to be using 60 year old technology in a 2013 car. Grrr. If DSG is now standard in a Porsche GT3, IMO, the ultimate drivers car, it should be available in the US Golf R. I'll be trading my R in on the Mk. 7 GTI. If the USA Mk. 7 Golf R offers DSG then I'll trade the GTI in on the Golf R when it 'finally' arrives here. Thanks for asking :)
Matthew Wolfe
An electronic nanny that can't be disabled, no thanks, not for 40k.
Ross Mazin
@kavasean Ou la la. Now what for your girl?
Alvaro Morón Ruiz
L. Morgan
Love the car - I had a MkV GTI and it was probably my all-time favorite. This article fails to mention, though, that the real "biggest difference" between this car and its predecessor is the loss of AWD.
Dammy Onafowokan
I think the R should stand for "Ridiculouslyhilariouspricetag" 40k for a hopped up Golf? What's that saying about a fool and his money?
Brandon DeLeo
A car the size of a shoe with almost 300hp? I'll take three.
Kyle Fosnes
Love this car. Have wanted one for years. Dislike the price tag
@automobilemag @VW 290 hp in that tiny 'lil thing? yowza. Like the wheels as well.
Brian Spicer
It's not going to have any Torque Steer … It's an AWD car!
Brian Spicer
Not only has it been confirmed, but also a release date is the 1st quarter of 2015
AMEN! Save the manuals!  it's not all about the numbers, nothing replaces the feel of driving a car with a real clutch. save the dsgs for your x-box...
R Scott Torgan
why? ..... DSG is smarter and faster than any humanoid in the driver's seat, LOL 
"Six-speed manual and six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmissions will both be available at launch. The manual will get you to 62 in 5.3 seconds, and the DSG betters that time by 0.4 seconds at 4.9...."  
Clint Gallatin
Hmmm didn't show my post.   Well try again!  I hope to get an R or GTI mk7.   I will definitely have it tuned by these guys... they seem to have a lot of satisfied customers and are VW tuner pro's .... I'm a bit bummed about R coming as a 4 door only though.
R Scott Torgan
 Have you ever thought of having it tuned??? a little trip to could solve some of those issues :-D  I too am PSYCHED for the return of DSG to the R, as it's the reason I'm in a GTI instead of an R. (Although now APR tuned and Ko4 turbo+exhaust= wheeeeee!!!!)   The MK7 R will get a long, hard look for certain..... but I'm still very wary of it "made in mexico" and not Germany.  :-/
R Scott Torgan
maybe you read that wrong? that was on the last model, the MK6 .... the MK7's will have full disengage for stability control, nanny "off"....
@b3thanyjane @kavasean a smile:)
Brian Spicer
@R Scott Torgan  The GTI's have already started production in Mexico this month, but the 2015 Golf R will still be built in Germany, and that is why this Golf R will be my next car!  : )
@kavasean but I get that from you every time you see me ;)

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