2015 Volkswagen Golf R First Drive Fast and Frozen Gen 7 Kelley Blue Book — Volkswagen R

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2015 Volkswagen Golf R Drive: Fast and Frozen Gen 7

Cold is a relative term. As in, really going to eat that pizza?’ Or, ‘boy, she gave you a look.’ For the real definition of though, go to the Swedish town of where the local paper’s headline is A Large Area Few People. It is precisely the large few people and bitter cold has made this small on the edge of the Artic Circle a winter testing grounds for the industry.

Volkswagen took us to land of frozen lakes to the all-new Golf R, which in the way in Sweden defines cold, the R is the hot hatch.

It’s a heritage that more than two decades. The R is the descendent of the 1991 VR6 (which was the to introduce V6 power to the compact the 1999 Golf V6 4Motion and recently the 6-cylinder powered R32 and 4-cylinder R. In its most recent VW sold more than units of the Gen 6-based car.

Now the seventh generation Golf on the the U.S. will again get a hot R which is slated to go on sale by the end of the This car features 290 horsepower its turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder the all-new EA 888. This gain in output is complemented by an in torque from 243 lb-ft to which is delivered from rpm. This more 4-door hatch is capable of mph acceleration of under 5 seconds and is with a choice of either a manual or dual-clutch automatic. delivering blistering performance, the R is actually more fuel-efficient an EPA Highway rating of 31 mpg, an of 4 mpg.

The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system returns with a new fifth Haldex differential that is acting than the previous

Based on VW’s new MQB architecture, the Golf R rides on a 103.6-inch a gain of 2.1 inches. Overall is also increased to 168.4 up 2.6 inches. The Golf’s later is clean, with tailored and short front and rear The rear pillar features a kink in the base that a design cue from first and generation Golfs. The R is also with standard Bi-Xenon U-shaped LED running lights, aggressive front and rear and quad rear exhaust to differentiate the car from the GTI.

Inside, the Golf R has a handsome that matches the exterior. The of the materials is high, the leather-clad bucket seats supportive and the sport steering wheel is with a squared-off bottom and is covered in leather. Available include navigation, a Fender audio system, keyless with pushbutton start and distance control.

The Golf R a strut-type front and multi-link independent suspension and has a ride nearly an inch lower the standard model. The 5-spoke alloy wheels are fitted 225/40R18 tires. Dynamic Control with adaptive is an option, while the Electronic Control features a Race that allows you to select or no intervention from the ESC.

We had a limited opportunity to drive the R on public roads with tires (where it comported as a comfortable and easy-to-drive hatch), of our time was spent drifting and the cars during a series of on a frozen lake. This of tracks, circles and braking was designed to highlight both the of the new Haldex differential, as well as the ability to distribute torque and side-to-side quickly. Not only did help with the car’s on a slippery surface, it made it to control the car’s oversteer the throttle. The electric variable power steering was also and accurate in its response, allowing the car to be in a lazy drift with corrections.

There are three basic modes to choose from, Race and Economy that the throttle response, ESC and when with the adaptive suspension, comfort. There’s also an for the car’s start/stop system, aid in boosting the R’s overall economy. In Eco or Normal mode ESC fully engaged, it’s to pick up on how quickly both intervention and throttle cut-off is when sliding around on the Race mode raises threshold, and that intervention can be minimized by pushing down on the ESC once. If you were looking for a way around the track without sideways most the way, the ESC in this sport mode was effective. Hold the button for several seconds and ESC is removed But the Golf R, thanks to the new Haldex and the ability to transfer torque felt predictable, easy to and simply a blast to drift and inducing oversteer and understeer by playing with the gas pedal.

The only problem with the Golf R will probably be the for it go on sale. Expect it to be priced in the $34,000 neighborhood as its predecessor, not a bad for a comfortable family compact the heart of a rally car.

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