By on January 13, 2014

5_20130630 VW GOLD R  LOOK 19 PANNING 0236The all-wheel drive 2014 Golf R packs 290 hp and 280 ft-lb of torque, shoves it down your choice of either a six speed manual or six speed dual-clutch transmission, and hauls the compact hot hatch to sixty in 4.9 seconds. That’s about a second quicker to sixty than the outgoing Golf R…2015-VW-Golf-R-04
In addition to the substantially beefed up power, the Golf R gains a quick ratio steering rack (2.1 turns lock-to-lock, nice), full-off stability control mode, as well as an 0.2 inch drop in ride height from the standard GTi. All of this can be dialed back from 11 for daily use,¬†with four drive modes:¬†comfort, normal, individual and race to adjust the car’s attitude towards your own.

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39 Comments on “NAIAS 2014: Volkswagen Golf R...”


  • avatar
    Quentin

    2 door only?

  • avatar
    LALoser

    About Oct or Nov I will get to choose between a new Evo, STI, or now this Golf R, four door.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Erase the first option in your list and you’ll have improved it.

      • 0 avatar
        LALoser

        But I have had two RalliArts, one ’11 and now a ’13. In spite of what most have said, they have been flawless and fun. Plus I have a Mits Adventure in PI with the diesel, and again, flawless.

      • 0 avatar
        imag

        I agree. I was looking at the Evo recently, and the new STI and Golf R just kill it. There’s no point dealing with the Evo rattles, poor gas mileage, older-generation turbo, and interior now that the STI and R are likely to be at least as good, if not better, from a performance perspective.

        • 0 avatar
          LALoser

          I have driven the new (14) Evo…no rattles or parts falling off. It is very quick, reference Murilee’s selection as the new car he would buy. But with that said, the new STI and/or Golf R may be better barn-burners, but they are not at dealers yet, so I don’t know.
          As an aside; with certain cars I like rough edges, a little noise, and, (as a humanizing projection), a personality.

    • 0 avatar
      lon888

      As a current GTI owner I can tell you VW’s delivery times are slowwww. If you really want a 2015 R, then be prepared to wait until summer of 2015. Also bear in mind the last Golf R was one of the worst selling cars for 2012 and 2013. VW’s dealer network has a really nasty reputation for price gouging (among other things!).

  • avatar
    Short Bus

    Do want.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I like the smooth styling, it’s heading back toward the seriousness of earlier generations, before everything got bubbled and roundy. I especially like the wheel design.

  • avatar
    mkeenly

    The price of the Golf R is ridiculous. That’s why last year’s model was on the 10 worst-selling vehicles list. Smart enthusiasts have been buying the Ford Focus ST.

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      The Golf R, the Corvette Z06 and countless others never target the best-selling vehicle lists. As long as the demand exceeds supply, these types of vehicles provide some halo effect and increase the manufacturer’s profit margins — so why not?

      And it’s not a Focus ST competitor anyway, that’s the Golf GTI’s job.

      • 0 avatar
        mkeenly

        I previously had a 2003 VW GTI 20th Anniversary Edition. I looked at the new GTI before purchasing the Focus ST. The GTI is definitely competent, but absolutely boring.

        http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-ford-focus-st-with-video/

        • 0 avatar
          Short Bus

          I bought my 2010 GTI before the ST was even a rumor for the US. I wouldn’t describe the car as boring, although perhaps if you were to drive it back to back with the ST it might feel that way. Personally, I would describe its character as “quietly competent.” It whispers in your ear to go just a little faster, while the ST screams at you.

          Truth be told, if I were to buy a brand new hatchback tomorrow, it would probably be a Focus ST. But in six months when the new GTI hits the US, there’s a strong chance that I’d go with one of those.

    • 0 avatar
      Short Bus

      The Golf R made the list because it was counted as a completely separate car and not a more expensive trim level of a cheaper car (which is what it is).

      For what it was I believe it actually sold fairly well, or at least as well as you can expect for a car that only came with a manual gearbox.

    • 0 avatar
      johnny_5.0

      I don’t know if it is ridiculous, but it certainly is for a niche (within a niche). It seems like a similar debate between a WRX and a STI. One delivers 90% of the fun at a steep discount. However, as a tuner platform one is much more capable than the other. This thing already has the bigger turbo that the GTI guys swap for. With a new fuel pump/downpipe/intake/exhaust this would be a pretty fun little car for dads who need to fit two car seats (AWD w/ ~360hp).

    • 0 avatar
      sproc

      More than just the price on the current R. Numbers weren’t impressive at all, especially compared to a GTI.

      Also, as much as this crowd is generally in denial about it, manual only for the current gen in the U.S. probably didn’t help. DSG should boost the daily driver appeal.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      I thought that VW only had 5,000 MKVI Golf R’s earmarked for the U.S. each year.

    • 0 avatar
      tedward

      “worst-selling vehicles list”

      I think that’s because only a set number were made and distributed, so dealers were basically selling what they could. The R that didn’t sell was the MkV, which only came with DSG instead of a stick shift. Offering both probably makes sense on this car, especially since it has long been sold this way everywhere else.

      • 0 avatar
        lon888

        The problem lies with VW’s dealer network, not the distrbutor’s. VW dealers knew it was a limited production car, so every dealer stuck a $3000.00 upcharge on each car thinking there was a flood of demand for them. They got their info by tapping into all the VW forum sites where every 15 year old boy who couldn’t afford a Schwinn said I’m going to put my deposit down now. When the sub-par reviews came out, the stubborn dealers still wouldn’t deal on them and they were stuck on the lots for 2 years. Some dealers still have these over-priced, marginly perfoming cars on their lots today. Serves them right.

  • avatar
    TR4

    Neat looking car, but it’s VolkswagEn!

  • avatar
    Delta9A1

    Dealers sell every R they can get their hands on here in BC. You need to put money down in advance to get on the list. Even then, a friend had a blue one sold out from under him (likely for a large dealer mark-up) and the dealer told him white or wait until next model.

    The stability control on the Mk 6 R had trouble with the torque and horsepower, so it’s good to see that it can be disabled in the Mk 7.

    Spring 2015 release in Canada, for those so inclined. Or buy a TTS for $10,000 more.

  • avatar
    doublechili

    This car, and the upcoming WRX and WRX STI. Some nice AWD/MT options in the $25-35k range.

    I wish there were a performance AWD/MT mid-size or large sedan (or better yet wagon), but that’s probably a never-gonna-happen-pipe-dream at this point.

    • 0 avatar
      Johannes Dutch

      You mean something like this ?

      http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/26/opel-insignia-opc-revealed-for-frankfurt-motor-show/

      Isn’t the Opel Insignia sold as a Buick model in the US ?

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      You mean like the S4?

      • 0 avatar
        doublechili

        I believe the S4 is technically not a mid-size car, although maybe it’s gotten bigger recently and that’s changed. To my knowledge the last US mid-size sedan with AWD and MT is the Acura TL, and that’s apparently going away with the next model (all AT). There are no large sedans with AWD and MT.

        Side note: I used to have a ’91 Turbo Quattro and later a ’95 S6, and while they were great cars I’m not anxious to own another Audi product or pay their repair bills.

  • avatar
    kurtamaxxguy

    Last Golf R gave you any choice of gearbox so long as it was manual. New one offers dual clutch or manual. Now we can option _not_ to row gears in heavy traffic, and get both better performance and MPG.

  • avatar
    Jimal

    With the A7 Golf out in Europe and coming soon to the U.S., perhaps the next step for Volkswagen is to come full circle and make the next Jetta a Golf with a trunk. Then the R could be the GLI and all will be right in Das Welt.


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