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.