2019 Volkwagen Golf R

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The Volkwagen Golf GTI has been a favorite of enthusiasts since its launch in 1974. It has always offered an almost perfect combination of sportiness with practicality. However the recent 5th and 6th generations started drifiting away from the sportiness. That all changed with the current 7th generation. It manages to increase both luxury and sportiness at the same time. The current Golf even shares its platform and many additional components, including engines, with the Audi A3 and S3.

The Golf R sits atop the Golf pyramid as the most powerful and expensive model. It is targeted at the driving enthusiasts who want the performance of an Audi S3 and the practicality of a hatchback. It features the drivetrain of an Audi S3 including the Haldex All Wheel Drive (AWD) system. The 2.0 liter turbocharged engine is the same size as the Golf GTI but is extensively upgraded to boost power by 26% to 288 hp and torque by 9% to 280 lb ft. The front wheel drive (FWD) of the GTI would not be able to use all this power, without adversely affecting handling. However, the Golf R has an AWD system to enable up to 50% of the torque to go to the rear axle. When coupled with the quick shifting DSG 7 speed automatic the Golf R can hit 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds (1.2 seconds faster than the GTI) and top out at governed 155mph. To ensure the ride and handling complement the engine, the Golf R also includes dynamic chassiscontrol and large vented disc brakes on all 4 wheels.

The interior is very similar to a GTI Autobahn with leather and an excellent navigation system with an 8.0” screen. However, the seats are upgraded sport seats with better bolstering and embroidered R logos in the setbacks. The Golf R also receives the Audi digital dashboard, that is even able to show google maps. Other VWs have this feature but only the Golf R and Arteon have systems with the same screen resolution as the Audis.The Golf R is also equipped with all th latest safety features including: Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist (lane keeping assistance), Light Assist (auto-dimming high beam), Front Assist (Forward Collision Braking) Park Distance Control, and Rear Traffic Alert.

Our Golf R is Lapiz Blue Metallic with a Titan Black Leather interior. It has the 7 speed DSG gearbox with paddle shifters and the gloss black alloy wheels with 19235/35 tires.

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Richard Murphy 2013-2016