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Volkswagen Golf R Model Years

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Volkswagen didn't invent the concept of the hot hatchback, but its GTI defined the ideal combination of affordability, performance and practicality. With the impressive R32 -- available only in 2004 and 2008 -- the German automaker pushed the GTI concept even further with all-wheel drive and up to 250 horsepower.

Fans had to wait another four years for the R32's successor: the 2012 Golf R with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine that put out 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. Unlike earlier R32s, the Golf R has remained in production for longer than a single model year.

Volkswagen Golf R Generations

2012 - 2013 Volkswagen Golf R

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Major changes included:

In 2012, Volkswagen released an all-new, high-performance version of its Golf hatchback named the Golf R. The first-generation Golf R distinguished itself from the other Golf models with its own restyled front and rear fascias, a lower ride height and a sporty exhaust system. Under its hood, the Golf R came standard with an Audi-sourced 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque that channeled through a six-speed manual transmission and out to all four wheels.

See Year: 2012 - 2013

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