2018 Volkswagen Golf R Roanoka VA

Side profile of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

If there’s one thing that Volkswagen likely didn’t expect upon first releasing the Volkswagen Golf, then called the Rabbit in the U.S., it’s the demand for a hot hatch version of the model. The Golf GTI came in to catch the attention of the enthusiast crowd, but performance demands have increased exponentially since then. For those who want the most powerful option, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is the model to look for at your Roanoke VA dealership, First Team Volkswagen.

Though it may carry over much of the styling of the other members of the Golf family, the Golf R does have a slightly different character that is at once more aggressive and just a touch subtler. Of course, the looks are a small part of why shoppers opt for the Golf R.

2018 VW Golf R Horsepower and Performance

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is offered in just one trim, which might seem sparse for a lineup. The thing is, Volkswagen realized that those who choose this model are likely to go big and get the best-equipped version rather than skim on performance features. For this reason, the only trim offered is the Golf R with DCC and Navigation.

So what are the key highlights of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R? the model features a 2.0-liter turbocharged, intercooled 4-cylinder engine that offers up to 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of -torque. Paired with this is a finely-tuned seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters. DCC adaptive chassis control offers three settings for the suspension and automatically adjusts damping based on a refined algorithm. Of course, the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is also standard for that optimal feeling of traction and control in all driving situations.

A host of impressive performance specs will naturally catch your attention, but what does it all add up to? A 0-60 acceleration time that clocks in at under 5 seconds. Sure, you probably don’t need to get up to speed that quickly, but you probably would like the ability to.

See if the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R is the right choice for you when you stop by First Team Volkswagen for a test drive.

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