2014 LA Auto Show: The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R officially requires $36,595 of your simoleons

Volkswagen sought the open microphone at the 2014 LA Auto Show to announce the pricing details for the 2015 Golf R hatchback. As expected, it’s pretty high, but with the R comes the title as the most potent Golf ever sold on our shores.

The base Golf R starts life as a Rabbit five-door and gets the whole R treatment, featuring a hyped-up 2.0L TFSI turbocharged four pumping out 292hp and 280 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed DSG automatic and a Haldex-based all-wheel drive system. 0-60 happens in just 4.9 seconds and the Golf R’s top sprint ends at 155 mph as per the usual gentlemen’s agreement.

Only 500 will be made available for North America and is as exclusive as previous versions of Golf R, such as the R32.

Check out the press release after the jump.



– Well-equipped Golf R starts at $36,595 with DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission
– Technology-rich Golf R with DCC and Nav starts at $39,090 with DSG transmission
– With 292 horsepower, the Golf is the most powerful Golf ever to be sold in the U.S. market
– New Golf R has 36 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque more than previous generation model
– First 500 Golf R models can be pre-ordered
– Standard Bi-Xenon headlights with LED turn signals and U-shaped LED DRLs

Herndon, VA – Volkswagen of America, Inc., today, announced pricing for its 2015 Golf R, the fastest and most powerful Golf ever to be sold in the U.S. market . Joining Volkswagen’s extensive Golf family of versatile, sporty hatchbacks, the Golf R starts at $36,595 (plus $820 destination) when equipped with the DSG® six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

With 292 horsepower from its turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 TSI® engine, the all-new Golf R has 36 horsepower and 37 pound-feet torque more than the previous model.

Despite the additional power and torque, the new R model is considerably more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, with an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 30 mpg with the six-speed DSG transmission, up from 27 mpg for the previous, manual -transmission model.

The six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission offers a launch control feature, enabling the car to complete the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 4.9 seconds. The top track speed is 155 mph.

Like all previous Golf R models, the new model transfers its power to the road via a permanent all-wheel-drive system; in this case, the latest version of the 4MOTION® system with a fifth-generation Haldex® coupling. To help ensure great chassis dynamics, there’s a new sport suspension, progressive variable-ratio steering, and a stability control system (“ESC Sport”) which can be deactivated for track driving. Other highlights include the optional DCC® adaptive damping system.

The all-new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side skirts, and the option of 18- or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the Golf R can also be visually distinguished from the GTI by details such as standard Bi-Xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in a dual-U design) and a two-branch exhaust system that has four chrome tips. Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats with leather seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped three-spoke sport steering wheel, ambient lighting, and R-specific instrumentation.

The Golf R will be launched in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015 in four -door form only, initially with the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. There will be two models: the well-equipped Golf R and the technology-rich Golf R with DCC and Nav, with prices starting from $36,595 and $39,090 for DSG models.

The Golf R is comprehensively equipped. The base Golf R includes Driving Mode Selection, 5.8-inch touchscreen radio with SiriusXM® Satellite radio, heatable front seats, LED reading lights, ambient lighting, a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPhone® connectivity, Bluetooth® connectivity, VW Car-Net® connected services, Keyless access with push-button start, a rearview camera, 12-way power driver’s seat, and Climatronic® dual-zone automatic air conditioning. The Golf R with DCC and Nav adds: the DCC adaptive damping system; 19- inch wheels; a navigation system; the Fender® Premium Audio System; and front and rear Park Distance Control.

Potential Golf R customers can pre-order their vehicle via the vw.com website. The first 500 Golf R models-all top-trim vehicles-will be available with an exclusive numbered R Accessories Kit.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. I t is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 649 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

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“Climatronic”, “DCC”, “DSG”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, “4MOTION”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. “Car-Net” is a registered trademark of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Bluetooth” is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. “Fender” is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. “Haldex” is a registered trademark of Haldex Traction Systems, Sweden. “iPod” and “iPhone” are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. “SiriusXM” and “SiriusXM Satellite Radio” are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio, Inc.

Available EPA fuel economy estimates are provided and identified as such. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

All prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude transportation, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges.

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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