Volkswagen Golf R Concept
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Volkswagen Golf R Concept

Montreal, Quebec – Volkswagen Canada has held the North American premiere of its “Top Golf” at the Montreal International Auto Show, presenting the Golf R Concept. The two-door “hot hatch” produces 265 horsepower and can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, while consuming only 8.4 L/100 km.

“The new Golf R Concept is the ‘Top Golf,’ the best in the overall combination of acceleration, top speed, fuel economy, handling, performance, and distinctive features for a vehicle in the compact segment,” said John White, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada. “Our commitment to leadership in the environment is matched with our drive to be leaders in innovation and technology. This automotive passion, even in an era of downsizing, still has something to do with power and performance.”

The Golf R Concept had its world premiere last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It follows Volkswagen’s strategy of creating premium performance package versions of some of its models as R models. Other models, available in Europe, include the Passat R35, Touareg R50, and Scirocco R.

The R models include substantial upgrades such as more powerful engines and advanced powertrains, suspension and steering modifications, stronger brakes, aerodynamic improvements, sport seating, and unique exterior and interior styling cues. The Golf R was conceptualized by Volkswagen Individual, the company’s special customizing and tuning arm in Germany.

The Golf R uses a turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 258 lb-ft of torque, and is capable of reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Standard equipment is the latest generation of Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, which has undergone significant advanced development over the previous version found in the Golf R32.

The Golf R went on order in Germany last fall, starting at a price of €36,400. Volkswagen Canada said it brought the concept to Montreal to gauge public reaction, and solicit feedback in order to determine consumer desirability of a premium performance model such as the Golf R Concept in the Canadian market.

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