Now money can buy happiness: All-new 2012 Golf R starting under $34,000

It’s the moment Volkswagen enthusiasts have been waiting for: Volkswagen announced that the all-new 2012 Golf R, available in the US for the first time ever, will have a starting MSRP of $33,990.

The 2012 Golf R features the most powerful (and joy-inducing) Golf production engine ever seen in the US. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine puts out 256 horsepower and 243 pound feet of torque—that’s even more than the GTI. All Golf R models sold in the US will be equipped with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, and the latest-generation 4Motion all-wheel drive comes standard. This system can divert up to 100 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, if needed.

You may be asking, “But what can all that power and torque do for me?” Answer: it can take you from standing still to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds and transform every drive into a joyride. As if that weren’t reason enough to smile, the 2012 Golf R is also the most fuel-efficient Golf model ever sold in the States, with an estimated fuel economy rating of 19 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway.

Check out the 2012 Golf R Pricing Press Release for more information on pricing, models, options and more.


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  • Range based on highway mpg manufacturer’s estimate and an 18.5-gallon tank. Your mileage will vary. Fuel economy values are based on manufacturer’s preliminary testing. EPA estimates not available at time of posting.
  • The Volkswagen Carefree Maintenance Program covers the vehicle’s scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first on all 2009 or newer models. Coverage during the term of the new vehicle limited warranty at no additional charge. Some limitations apply. See dealer or vehicle maintenance program booklet for details.
  • All prices are in U.S. dollars. Specifications, equipment, options and prices are subject to change without notice. Some items may be unavailable when vehicle is built. MSRP excludes taxes, destination charges, optional equipment, registration and dealer charges. Emissions charges may vary by jurisdiction. Dealer sets actual price.

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