Whereas the R32 models used 3.2-liter VR6 engines, the new Golf R is fitted with a high-output version of the award-winning turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI® engine. This engine makes 256 horsepower, six more than the VR6 fitted into the 2008 R32. As well as offering more power and performance, the Golf R is also more economical, with EPA estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway compared with EPA estimated mileage of 18 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for the prior model.
Like the previous R32 models, the Golf R is equipped with Volkswagen’s 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system: the latest generation of this system can divert up to 100 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, if needed. All Golf R models sold in the U.S will be equipped with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. Additionally, the Golf R will be available in two- and four-door guises in two trim levels: well-equipped Golf R and luxurious Golf R with Sunroof and Navigation.