2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

2015 Volkswagen Golf R

This is it, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R.

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$36,595 MSRP

The car gets some significant updates over last year. Most significant? 36 more horsepower!  It's up to 292 in 2015.

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Torque also increases, to 280 pound-feet, while the weight of the car is down about 50 pounds, and fuel efficiency is up to 30 MPG highway!

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Visual differences are subtle, the big wheels and "R" badge on the grille separating this from a regular GTI.

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LED headlights help set the car apart, too.

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These are the optional 19-inch wheels, though the 18-inchers look similar.

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This is the revised 2.0-liter TSI engine. It features a revised turbo, injectors and other tweaks compared to the same motor in a GTI.

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Big scoops in the hood direct air to the intercoolers.

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Power is routed through a 4MOTION drivetrain, with XDS+ differentials front and rear, which use the brakes to direct power left or right.

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The five-door model is the only one coming to the US.

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Mountains not included.

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The car is longer and wider than the previous Golf R, and features excellent, refined handling.

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Cooling is not a problem for the Golf R.

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While Europe does get a three-door version, sadly this will be all we get in the US.

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Yes, lots of room in the hatch. Practicality and performance.

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Interior is clean and sophisticated, light years beyond this car's closest competition, the Subaru STI.

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Seats are supportive and comfortable, but hopefully you like leather, because that's your only choice.

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