Volkswagen US has presented the 2015 Golf R, which is the most powerful Golf ever to be sold on the market. It has 34HP more than its predecessor, which was sold as a 2013 model. Despite the additional horsepower, the new R model is expected to be considerably more fuel-efficient.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R is powered by a 2.0 liter TSI four-cylinder direct-injected and turbocharged petrol engine – 290HP (213 kW) at 5,500RPM and 378Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque at just 1,800RPM. The additional power is thanks to a redesigned the cylinder head (together with exhaust valves, valve seats, and springs), pistons, high-pressure injection system, and turbocharger. The engine is connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. The power is put on the road through the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling. 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds (with manual gearbox) or 4.9 seconds (with DSG) and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Other special features include a new sport suspension, the Progressive variable-ratio steering system, and a stability control system ("ESC Sport") which can now be deactivated for track driving. There is also an optional DCC adaptive damping system.

The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of exclusive features - specially designed bumpers, side skirts, and 18" aluminum-alloy wheels, the Golf R can also be visually distinguished from the GTI by details such as standard Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED DRLs (daytime running lights) and a quad exhaust system.

The interior features sport seats with leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambient lighting, and R-specific instrumentation.

The most powerful and fuel-efficient Golf R will be launched in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015.

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Source: Volkswagen