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First Impression: VW Golf R - 2012 TSI Turbo 4WD

Discussion in 'News and Features' started by Won, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Won

    Won 5 Year | Silver

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    Downsizing. It can be a fairly dirty word; in today’s world of budget, travel, and cost-cutting, it’s no wonder why people generally don’t like the term. In the car industry, this doesn’t necessarily equate to a bad thing. Take the most hardcore Golf as an example; it has dropped the ‘32’ moniker, along with the previous 3.2-litre VR6, replaced instead by a 2.0-litre turbo. While some motoring purists will lament this downsizing exercise, for me it make a lot of sense, especially considering today’s petrol prices. Read on, our Test Drive / Review of the MK VI Golf R

    The common misconception is that this Golf R shares the same EA888 powerplant fitted to the Mk6 Golf GTI. It doesn’t; instead, the Mk6 Golf R uses the EA113 engine from the Mk5 Golf GTI, reinforced and with new, alloy cylinder heads, uprated pistons, high-pressure fuel injectors, along with a new turbo set at 1.2bar of boost. The result from this? The Mk6 Golf R makes 270PS at 6,000rpm and 350Nm at 2,500rpm, easily besting the Mk5 Golf R32. Equipped with a six-speed DSG box, the Golf R is able to complete the zerotohundred sprint in 5.5secs.

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    Lots of Golfs have those 'R' LEDs on the rear nowadays, but not all of them have central mounted tailpipes.

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    From the front, quite easy to mistaken for a regular TSI.

    Having heard of my recent obsession with VW cars, Zaibi Motors offered me the chance to have a brief test drive of the Golf R they had in their showroom. Completely easy to drive slow, it is when you plant your foot in the accelerator, when the ultimate surge forwards, that you realize that the R is a completely different machine altogether from the GTI. My eyes peeled back as I watched the blue-lit speedo climb rapidly towards 150mph with effortless ease. In corners, the combination of Haldex all-wheel drive and XDS active diff system works brilliantly keeping the Golf planted to tarmac. I will remember for a very long time the speeds I carried into and out of one of my favourite corners. This brief first impression was enough for me to scratch the GTI away in my imaginary garage; replaced instead by this hottest hot-hatch from Volkswagen.

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    Central mounted twin tailpipes for the R.

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    More R badgery on the rear, along with LED tail lights.

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    R detailings inside remind you that you're in something special. More stealth than a GTI.

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    Happy to go fast, happy to go slow. Happy when munching corners.

    Volkswagen has yet to sell the Golf R in Malaysia, so I’ll have to wait very patiently to get my hands on a test unit to come up with a more extensive report. In the meantime, folks who are waiting for the arrival of the Golf R; wait no more. The one you see in pictures here is actually available for sale from Zaibi Motors (contact details below). They also have a stunning Scirocco R for sale; both of which are UK spec models. Perhaps if you mention Zerotohundred, you might be able to get a better price(!).

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    For 'Roc enthusiasts, Zaibi Motors also has one unit of the Scirocco R...

    Zaibi Motors
    Lot 61 Jalan Maarof Bangsar
    Kuala Lumpur, 59000
    Wilayah Persekutuan
    Tel: +603 2283 1737


    Golf R (UK spec brochure)
    Zerotohundred: 5.5secs
    Top Speed: 250km/h (limited)
    Engine: 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder, direct injection
    Power: 270PS / 6,000 rpm
    Torque: 350Nm / 2,500 – 5,000 rpm
    Weight: 1521kg (kerb weight)
    Fuel Economy: 8.4L / 100km (combined, claimed)
    Wheels: -
    Tyres: -
    Price: N/A

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  2. SYeNi69

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    Just sold my R32 ... wondering wether this is a good replacement :smokin:
     
  3. bladerunner

    bladerunner Senior Member
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    Quite sad if you replace what you just sold foranother that is all too similar :confused:
     
  4. kiseki

    kiseki 5 Year | Silver

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    indeed a nice car
     
  5. Eddy Wiidy

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    COME ON VW MALAYSIA BRING IN R MODELS !!!!!! :banghead:
     
  6. t_danker

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    But the R32 is a 3.2 V6 NA and Golf R is a 2.0 Turbo. Not really the same except the AWD layout, no?
     
  7. Alex Lam

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    I would still go for a R32. The sound it makes with a straight pipe. It's just phenomenal.
     
  8. Kevin Lee

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    nice oppurtunity to get to review the golf r! great photography shots

    wonder if they plan to bring in a scirocco r!
     
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    I'd rather not mention the roads taken; but definitely not a very long stretch of road. And yes, the R is a 2.0-litre turbo, and is lighter than the R32, so I would assume it would handle slightly different. I've yet to try the R32, so I really cannot compare.

    And I'm not sure if those listings are by Zaibi Motors, but the easiest way for interested parties is to call the number above.

    Btw - a couple of pictures did not turn up when I first wrote this entry, so I've fixed the links now, and have added a couple more pics.
     
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  11. DarkChild

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    Whoa, so fast... :smokin:
     
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    150mph??? Wah

    And AWD in a Golf. That's something else!
     
  13. amirmunzir

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    love the sound, love the compact-size of it!
     
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    Won 5 Year | Silver

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    Not just the engine note, the signature gear change note is there as well. Every time I hear it, I get some goosebumps :biggrin:

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  17. Shinjite

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    A 2L engine with 270BHP, basically EVO/Subaru territory
    That is nice ^^
     
  18. spec-c

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    just sold R32... location ttdi... blue colour with OEM rims?
     
  19. Bogie

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    Heard from VW Malaysia.. they now trying to bring in this dude. Estimated price is around rm260k-280k.. RM299k is ridiculously expensive for 3 doors Golf R + it's only recon.. :banghead:
     
  20. Eddy Wiidy

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    hurry hurry vw!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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