We have the full details, and driving photos, of the new 2011 Volkswagen Golf R. Is it as solid as the Golf R32? Find out inside.

The new Volkswagen Golf R will be released with a 2.0-liter direct-injection TSI petrol engine producing more horsepower than its predecessor.  Not only is it more powerful, but the new engine is also more efficient.

As a replacement to the Golf R32 and its 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine, the new Golf R exceeds performance expectations.  Its 266-horsepower engine is 8% stronger than the previous model, and has a 4.5% torque increase to 350 Nm.  0-100 km/h time improves to 5.7 seconds with a manual transmission, down from 6.5 seconds on the R32.  With the DSG gearbox the time drops to 5.5 seconds.  Top speed is set at an electronically-limited 250 km/h.

Also nice is the fuel rating.  With the DSG the car uses 8.5 liters per 100 km, or nearly 28 mpg.  That is a nice improvement on the 10.7l/100km (26.2mpg) from the predecessor.  CO2 emissions drop by 22% to 199 g/km.  Like the R32, the Golf R is also an all-wheel drive model.  However, the new all-wheel differential does not require "a difference between the front and rear axle speeds" anymore.

The VW Golf R also includes a bunch of equipment, like LED daytime running lights, LED rear lighting clusters, and Bi-Xenon headlights.  Twin chrome tailpipes can be found under the diffuser.  The adaptive chassis now has three settings, including "Normal," "Comfort," and "Sport," with ride-height dropped by 25 millimeters.  Ventilated disc brakes and glossy black tuned callipers are covered by the new 18-inch Talladega style alloy wheels.  19-inch wheels in silver and black are also available.

Inside, designers included leather touches along the micro-fiber fabric interior.  Sport seats are added, as well as a whole host of R-badging.

For the full list of standard equipment, check out the press release below.  Pricing has not yet been announced on the 2011 Volkswagen Golf R.  Despite reports of the Golf R approved for the North American market, no official confirmation has been made, yet.

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