2014 Detroit Motor Show LIVE: VW Golf R and e-Golf image

Volkswagen has brought the Golf R and the e-Golf to the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), where the two models have made their local debut.

The new Volkswagen Golf R is the most powerful version of the new hatchback generation. The model in question has received an aggressive design, bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs, 18-inch alloy wheels, Nappa leather inside, carbon fiber dash inlays, a three-spoke steering wheel and a unique gauge cluster. As far as the engine goes, a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit is providing 290 HP and 280 lb-ft) of torque, enough for a 0 to 60 mph sprint made in 4.9 seconds, mated to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission or a 6-speed manual.

The Volkswagen e-Golf has been also presented to the public in Detroit. The model has been previously unveiled in L.A. and Frankfurt and it’s getting an electric motor which is good for 115 HP (85 kW) and 269 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. The “juice” is being taken from a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. The e-Golf can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds and it has a total driving range of 90 miles (144 km) on a single charge. Recharging the battery will take about 20 hours on a 110 / 120V electrical socket.