Volkswagen’s latest Golf R hot hatch will be racing into showrooms early next year priced from $37,415, including an $820 destination charge. The pricing is comparable with the previous generation, although the vehicle no longer comes in the less expensive three-door bodystyle, but there is a lot more performance and tech on offer.

All 2015 Golf Rs come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and paired with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. That’s up 36 hp and 37 lb-ft on the previous generation’s figures, and is enough to rocket the car from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph.

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Standard features include a driving mode selector, 18-inch wheels, a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, heated seats with 12-way adjustment for the driver,  SiriusXM satellite radio, keyless access with push-button start, a rearview camera, and VW Car-Net connected services.

Those looking for even more performance can add the Golf R’s DCC (dynamic chassis control) system that features a Race mode. In this setting, suspension damping is increased and engine response and the shift points of the transmission are configured to be sportier. Other modes include Comfort, Normal and Sport. Golf Rs equipped with the DCC system cost an extra $2,495, but this also includes navigation, 19-inch wheels, a premium sound system and parking sensors.

Potential Golf R customers will be able to pre-order their vehicle via the website in the near future. The first 500 Golf R models—all top-trim vehicles—will be available with a numbered accessories kit.

Note, VW is using this week's 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show to show a new wagon version of the Golf R. However, there are no plans for local sales of this particular variant. To see what else is on display in L.A. this week, head to our dedicated show hub.


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