The rumors have proved true: the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R will be making its way to America in late 2011 or early 2012, according to Volkwagen of America CEO Johnathan Browning at an International Motor Press Association meeting today.
So what can we expect? According to Browning, the U.S. version of the car will get the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as the European version, with an estimated 266 horsepower output. Power goes to the wheels through the latest iteration of VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive system. In the European version, these combine to deliver 0-62 mph times of 5.5 seconds, which should translate to 0-60 mph times in the very low 5s.
Also of note: the Golf R will get a "sport tuned" electronic stability control system to let drivers push the car harder before the nanny steps in. Mated with the sport-tuned standard suspension, it should be the hot hatch we've been waiting (and will have to wait a little longer) for. Sorry, Ford Focus ST--your 247 horsepower and front-wheel drive just got one-upped and then some.
We'll have the full official details on the Golf R as soon as they're available.