After months of expectations and assumptions now appear the certainties: the high-performance Volkswagen Golf R, the turbocharged successor to the R32, has been confirmed for sale in the U.S. in early 2012.
The Volkswagen’s product and technology communications manager, Mark Gillies, revealed this information and explained that the Golf R was always in the pipeline for the U.S. market and is now in the final stages of compliance procedures.
However, it seems that isn’t everything perfect…U.S. delivered Golf Rs will feature a slightly detuned version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powering the sporty hatch sold in Europe.
Is not the moment yet to speak about all the details, but the U.S. market Golf R is expected to deliver around the 250 horsepower mark, which is slightly lower than the 256 horsepower offered overseas.
Beside this, U.S. customers will miss out the dual clutch DSG option as only six-speed manual equipped cars will be shipped our way.
A stylish hatchback packing a responsive 2.0-liter turbo four and driving all four wheels should ensure the Volkswagen Golf R remains one of the most anticipated performance vehicles of 2012.
Unfortunately for extreme speed lovers this vehicle’s top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. This model is good for 0-60 mph runs in less than 6.0 seconds and a combined fuel economy (for the European cycle) of around 28 mpg.