The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is a GTI plus. It’s an expensive Golf. A fast Golf. A super Golf. It draws the line where VW stops and Audi begins. It’s also a hot hatch that does everything supremely well without breaking your spine in half, and therein lies its charm.
With the Ford Focus RS roaming the streets and the upcoming Honda Civic Type R on its way, we’re on the brink of a hot hatch war here in North America, and the Volkswagen Golf R will be squeezed right in the middle of it all. Some have given this hot Golf a bad rap for not wearing enough wing and bodykit, and I’m sure…
Ever since the latest Volkswagen Golf R launched in America, I’ve been consistently getting emails from customers asking me to work my deal-making magic on this hottest of hatches. But for a long time, for various reasons, it could not be done. Now that inventory has reached almost 1,000 units, some dealers are…
Generally, I’m okay with lending my car out to people I trust. I sort of rely on other people being willing to do this for me as well when I shoot videos of weird and interesting cars. But there has to be some level of trust and respect. Those are two things that seem to have been gone when a Volkswagen Golf R owner…
Motor Trend just did a comparison between the two cars at the very top of the hot hatch totem pole: the Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R. And the car site drove the cars hard—so hard, in fact, that the Focus’s brakes caught fire.
As a car buyer, you can take all the necessary steps to make sure you are getting a deal you are comfortable with, but that doesn’t always mean things will go smoothly.
The Volkswagen Golf R is a genuine performance car built on an economy car platform. What do you need to know before you buy a Golf R? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.
In this incredible era of near-perfect, record-shattering, computer-aided performance, one traditional quality is increasingly in short supply: personality. Character, some might call it. Technical prowess has a way of ironing out the things that make cars truly memorable beyond just their speed and handling. This is…
“Volkswagen doesn’t understand America.” That’s what the critics like to say. It’s what they blame for a lack of cars that can crush it in the mass market and Volkswagen’s slump during the best sales year in a decade. But there is proof that Volkswagen is at least listening to some of us, and the proof is in the all…
We're champing at the bit to get our paws on the new Golf R, but before it's unleashed in the U.S., VW used it as a platform to show off some massive touchscreens, a new interface, and gesture controls, because… uh… CES?
Volkswagen can be really tricky sometimes. They make some amazing machines, but for us Americans, the questions are always "Will we get it?" and "Will it have a manual?" The good news is that despite earlier confusion, the Volkswagen Golf R will have both in America. Happy dance!
You fools! You've never taken the Volkswagen Golf R models seriously. Now, VW — in addition to making a 296 horsepower Golf R with a manual and a DSG — is said to be making an even hotter "Evo" version. You and your Subaru will pay for your arrogance now!
The original Volkswagen GTI is credited with starting the entire hot hatchback phenomenon. But somewhere along the line, the mad scientists at Volkswagen decided their hot Golf wasn't quite as hot as it could be. The result is hardcore performance brought to you by the letter "R."
The next Volkswagen Golf R could lose a bunch of weight and get 300 horsepower, says Automobile. Best of all? You can finally turn off the goddamn stability control.
A 2-litre four-cylinder with 265 horsepower taking you to 62 mph in 6.4 seconds in an open-top VW Golf. That's what you can expect from the 2014 Golf R Cabriolet. And a nanny limiting it to 155, but that still doesn't keep it from being the fastest roofless Golf ever. Oh, it also won't be coming to America.
All the vitriol that issued forth from the Automobile Mag guys who tried out the Volkswagen Golf R on the track seems to be for naught; mostly. A Volkswagen/computer nerd managed to crack the car's troublesome ESP-on-constantly program in the engine computer and disable it.
The new Volkswagen Golf R looks like an amazing car. It has all wheel drive, a 256 hp turbo four banger, and it even looks good. It excels in all things but one: you can't turn off the freakin' stability control.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI has had solid performance credentials for the past 35 years, but it's never been a full-fledged sports car. In 2004, VW decided enough was enough and gave the Golf all-wheel drive, a wider body, and a melodious 3.2 liter VR6. The limited production R32 was born.