Volkswagen of America has announced plans to begin accepting the first 500 pre-orders for the 2015 Golf R on January 8th.

Volkswagen of America has announced plans to begin accepting the first 500 pre-orders for the 2015 Golf R on January 8th.

The first 500 models will all be identical and feature a Lapiz Blue Metallic exterior with bi-xenon headlights and 19-inch Cadiz-style aluminum wheels with summer performance tires.

The cars will also come equipped with GPS navigation, a Fender audio system, Park Distance Control and a DCC adaptive damping system.

Power will be provided by a 2.0-liter TSI engine that develops 292 bhp (217 kW) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque. It will be connected to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission and a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system which will enable the hatchback to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The first 500 owners will also receive a special VolkswagenDriver Gear R accessory kit that includes a serialized Volkswagen R watch, a serialized carbon fiber / stainless steel keychain and serialized VIN-specific certificate.

The cars will cost $39,090 - excluding an $820 destination and delivery charge - and reservations can be made with a $500 deposit placed through the VW.com/GolfR website.

Check out the press release for additional information

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