The previous generation was only brought Stateside because people were asking for it. Hot hatchbacks still haven't caught on in the US. Audi is bringing the S3 as a sedan, Mercedes the A 45 AMG as a four-door coupe and a crossover and Honda still has no Civic Type R. So then, the 2015 VW Golf R presented at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is a special car.
It will be available in the US late this year, costing about $33,000 or there about. Power comes from a brand new 2.0-liter turbo engine. Its boost has been kicked up a notch, so the output is just under 300 hp if you're American or exactly 300 PS if you're European. With an optional DSG gearbox, that means 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds, making this the faster Golf ever built.
Based on the seventh-generation Golf, this Euro-spec model is actually a preview for what Americans will get, since it's a three-door and the R will be imported as a 5-door. So what do you guys think, shouldn't we get this 3-door as well and save $500?