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2017 Volkswagen Golf R

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Look out for a major update and unveiling of the new Mk7 Volkswagen Golf complete with revised engines and significant tech upgrades.

If you love the Golf GTI but crave more power, check out the solution … The Golf R.

The R is an all-out performance model with a 292-hp turbo 2.0-liter four, all-wheel drive, a sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, and a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic with launch control is also an option. Standard features include satellite radio, heated seats, keyless entry with push-button start, and Bluetooth.

Braking is close to sports-car levels, and power from the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is abundant, peaking at 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.

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There’s no shortage of modern in-car infotainment, but the leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and the supremely supportive leather buckets reflect the true nature of the beast. The performance is the key here, and this Golf raises its quickness and athletic competence to an all-time high.

Introduced in 2015, the newest Golf R rolls into 2017 with a few changes. Top-trim cars with the Dynamic Chassis Control system (adaptive damping, firmer suspension tuning, 19-inch wheels) now come standard with automatic high-beams as well as last year’s Driver Assistance package complete with lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and parking sensors:

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