8 Years agoNews
|First Drive: 2012 Volkswagen Golf R|
|The questions start almost as soon as the 2012 Golf R presentation begins.|
Why doesn't it have more power?
Why target the Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution?
Why does it cost so much?
And why do the Euros get all the fun stuff (again)?
Let's take it from the top.
"This will be the most powerful Golf ever offered," says Andres Valbuena, VW's Golf product manager. "The last was the 250-horsepower Golf R32 [released in 2008]. The 2012 Golf R will have more power and greater fuel efficiency."
How much power? The exact output has yet to be determined, but the Golf R should make around 260 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque for North American markets. That's a huge bump in output...