Other standard features on the Golf R include:
—14.1-inch cross-drilled front disc brakes
—Blue brake calipers
—DCC adaptive dampers
—Digital instrument display with R-specific graphics
—10.25-inch touch screen
—Nappa leather sport seats
—30-color ambient light palette
—Multiple drive modes, including "drift" and a Nürburgring-inspired "special" mode
European models are rife with options, and the sky’s the limit on cost. The optional — and wonderful sounding — exhaust system on the car I drove costs 3,800 euros in Europe. If you think a $45,000 compact hatchback is a tough sell in America, you’ve obviously never tried peddling $4,500 quad exhaust pipes.
More information about U.S. models, including driver assistance systems, will be available closer to sales date.
2022 Volkswagen Golf R at a glance
Estimated price: $45,000
All-wheel-drive, five-seat compact hatchback
On sale Q4 2021
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Power: 315 hp @ 5,600-6,500 rpm; 310 pound-feet of torque @ 2,000-5,600 rpm (280 pound-feet with manual transmission)
Transmission: Six-speed manual standard; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in vehicle driven
EPA estimated efficiency: NA
EPA estimated annual fuel cost: NA
Curb weight: NA
Passenger volume: NA
Cargo volume: NA
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