Volkswagen USA is proud to announce the Golf R Launch Edition limited to 500 cars reached sold out status in less than 12 hours.

Volkswagen USA is proud to announce the Golf R Launch Edition limited to 500 cars reached sold out status in less than 12 hours.

Deliveries of the Golf R started in Europe in the fourth quarter of 2013 but Americans had to wait until yesterday to place an order for the potent hatchback. The car was an instant hit as the Launch Edition limited to 500 examples was pre-ordered in less than 12 hours. Company spokesperson Leigh Anne Sessions told Autoblog that online order books opened at 12:01 AM and the final unit was claimed at around 10:30 AM (EST).

All 500 buyers have paid a $500 deposit to reserve the car which carries a price tag of $39,090 (without $820 destination & delivery). All cars will share a Lapiz Blue Metallic paint, 19-inch Cadiz-style alloys with summer performance tires, along with bi-xenon headlights, Fender sound system and GPS navigation. These early buyers will also get a special VolkswagenDriver Gear R accessory kit featuring a serialized carbon fiber / stainless steel keychain, serialized Volkswagen R watch and a serialized VIN-specific certificate.

The Volkswagen Golf R Launch Edition (US-spec) has a 2.0-liter TSI with 292 bhp & 280 lb-ft sent to a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system through a 6-speed DSG. It goes from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and tops out at an electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h).

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Volkswagen Golf R Launch Edition sold out in less than 12 hours (US)