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VW Offers Economical Performance in Golf R

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Volkswagen announced pricing for its high-performance Golf R, the successor to the Golf R32. The sporty compact hatchback is available as a 2-door or 4-door, with the 2-door starting at $34,990. Both models achieve 19mpg city and 27mpg highway and are offered in two trim levels.

Volkswagen says the Golf R is their most powerful sports performance model ever sold in the US. While the R32 used a V6, the new R relies on a turbocharged four-cylinder that offers 256 horsepower, six more than the R32, while achieving better fuel efficiency. All Golf R models employ Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system ensuring traction on wet or slippery surfaces. A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission adds to the R's performance cache.

The Golf R includes a long list of standard features including exterior features like adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Exterior styling on the R is unique too, featuring a front fascia with large air intakes, flared side skirts and racy, center-mounted dual exhaust.

Inside, sporty bucket seats and a multifunction steering wheel are swathed in leather. Aluminum pedals and interior accents reinforce the R's performance capabilities. Dual-zone climate control, premium 8-speaker audio, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth are all standard equipment.

If the Golf R's standard features are not enough, drivers may prefer the more luxurious Sunroof and Navigation trim level, priced at $35,490 for the 2-door model. Rs equipped with this package get a 300-watt Dynaudio sound system and keyless entry with push-button start along with touchscreen navigation and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof.

Offering practicality and efficiency in addition to performance, the R is not exactly a sports car, even if it has the capabilities of one. Both 2-door and 4-door models seat four, and folding rear seats and a wide-opening hatchback mean versatility for everyday use. Adding fuel-efficient operation and free maintenance during the warranty period result in a vehicle that neatly balances a sporty driving experience with the day-to-day ease of use that few single-purpose sports cars can achieve.

The 2012 Golf R is expected to hit dealers' showrooms early next year.

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