Volkswagen's new Golf R will arrive on American shores in late 2021 as a 2022 model, though pricing information hasn't been announced. A drop down menu will appear. An Audi rep told Dutch outlet Autovisie (via Google translate), “The Golf R is simply a direct competitor to Audi Sport. This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. CO 2 … We get it. Engineers developed what they refer to as a Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM) that runs the 4Motion system, the electronic differential locks, and the adaptive damping system, among other technologies, in a bid to achieve the best set-up for every situation. That has sent VW back to the same 2.0-liter EA888 in the other trims, modified to make from 380 to as much as 402 horses according to Wheels. Audi declined immediately, citing competition with Audi Sport and the difficulty of increasing manufacturing output. It only takes a few seconds. If you like the custom colours, grab one. You may order presentation ready copies to distribute to your colleagues, customers, or clients, by visiting It doesn’t just feel fast, though – it is fast. And as we know, on-track, faster is most definitely better. Select the option to run ads for, by clicking either "turn off for this site", "don't run on pages on this domain", "allow this site" or similar. THE 2020 Volkswagen Golf R Final Edition marks the end of an era, and the end of the Mk 7.5 Golf. We played around a little with tyre pressures at launch, too, and you can really feel the rear axle come into its own when you do that. We learned sending the manual to the automotive ash heap wasn't an option in the United States, because about 40% of R and GTI buyers order their car with three pedals. Motorists who want two pedals can order a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox linked to steering wheel-mounted paddles at an extra cost. Inside, there’s a premium Dynaudio system and nappa leather trim. We may earn money from the links on this page. You’d only be saying that if you haven’t driven a Golf R, I’d wager. All U.S.-bound Golf Rs will be offered in a single fully loaded trim level, with a sunroof, leather seats, and lots of other standard features. Golf news, reviews, comparisons and videos, Engine and gearbox are as good as ever, especially on-track, Grip and AWD system add a layer of proficiency that no FWD can match, Cabin ambience and quality are first-class, Limited run means many of you will miss out, You'll have to deal with the 'it's still just a Golf!' Certainly, and that's the turf of R." What followed was more than a year of will-they-won't-they and will-it-be-hybrid, before R division chief Jost Capito declared a 400-hp Golf dead because customers wouldn't want to pay for it, and Stackmann saying the Golf R wouldn't be hybrid because, "A hybrid needs to be affordable, and have an ecological reasoning." Vehicles most likely to hit 300,000 miles, Cars most likely to have major powertrain problems, Top 10 brands with the lowest average repair cost to fix a check engine light, Top 10 brands least likely to flash a check engine light, Volkswagen's new Golf R will arrive on American shores in late 2021 as a 2022 model, though pricing information hasn't been announced. In typical Golf fashion, it’s been a broadly successful, performance-focused journey, too. This is where VW adds the improved, sixth-generation of 4Motion all-wheel drive, but power will only be routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with no manual gearbox option said to be on the menu. 2021 VW Golf R hatch caught on camera during a track workout, 2021 Volkswagen Golf R snapped without disguise – UPDATE: teased, again, 2021 Volkswagen Golf R unveiled, Australian timing confirmed, Volkswagen pushes ahead with electric future, retools factories – report, Jaguar Land Rover to open a hub for testing self-driving cars. And thanks for reading Autoblog. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Has a 470-HP V-8, How to Watch the 2022 Honda Civic Debut on Twitch, How We'd Spec 2021 Rivian Electric R1T and R1S. You must be logged in to perform that action. While many carmakers are abandoning the manual transmission, the Golf R still offers enthusiasts a six-speed stick. See, the smart thinking driver always knew that though the R-badged Golfs had more power, more driveshafts and cost more money than the tartan-seated GTI, it was the slower car that was lighter, sweeter to drive, and better value. The sprint from 0–100km/h in just 4.8 seconds is thanks in no small part to a slick-shifting seven-speed DSG and AWD, so the mechanical hardware is there to ensure the Golf R feels fast. It’s all quite understated, especially if you nab a Final Edition in a regular colour. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. There’s a temptation to shift manually, but I wouldn’t bother, such is the rapid-fire nature of the DSG at speed. Like all eighth-generation Golf vehicles, the R is a … However, we can forgive the Golf R its over-piped bottom, because it’s brilliant. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in settings. Volkswagen unveiled the new 2022 Golf R with something everyone can agree is good: More power. As for how to to develop the 2.0-liter, Audi showed a 414-hp version of the EA888 in the TT Quattro Sport Concept also from 2014, before killing that engine two years later. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson can't fit in a Porsche Taycan, 2021 Volvo V90 T6 Road Test | The best-kept secret, Listen to the new 2022 Subaru BRZ's flat-four going flat-out, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the overpowered off-roader we've been waiting for, Porsche teams up with Puma to release a line of 911 Turbo-inspired shoes, Mercedes-AMG SL spy photos show it's getting the big S-Class screen. Thanks for that. This website is made by BBC Studios Distribution. Until the VW Golf Mk8 gets over 300bhp and four-wheel drive, it’s quite simply the fastest VW Golf. You must have JavaScript enabled to experience the new Autoblog. 9:00 am November 4, 2020 By Roland Hutchinson. The U.S. version will now make the same power as the Europe-market car, so you won't have to look across the pond with envy anymore. It is framed at the sides by elegant, chrome-plated twin tailpipes for the standard sport exhaust system. The VW Golf R returns for the newest Mk 8 generation, and this hot hatch is looking hotter than ever. Logos © 1996. If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. A drop down menu will appear. Check your in-box to get started. It’s as good as it ever was. And in the US, a sunroof is now standard for the Golf R. The distinctive features of the R-model’s side design include 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels paired with summer performance tires, exclusive side skirts, matte chrome exterior mirror caps that project the R logo onto the road when the doors are opened and closed, and a 0.8-inch lower stance than the standard production model. If you don’t, there’ll be a more subtle option available. ©2020 Verizon Media. Whatever happens, without having been given the go-ahead yet, a Golf R Plus won't show before 2023 at the earliest. Ads can be annoying. We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website. In many ways, it is the Swiss Army knife of cars, with an adaptive cruise-control system that works as well at a trundle as the 4Motion system works on-track. You will find the limits of their adhesion after a lengthy track run, especially if it’s a hot day, but at that point you’d be thinking about semi-slicks. A roof spoiler ensures the necessary level of downforce for the rear axle. It’s easy to say that there are too many Golfs on the road, and they don’t feel exclusive enough because of that. Select the option to run ads for, by clicking either "turn off for this site", "don't run on pages on this domain", "allow this site" or similar. One of the best all-round performance cars ever made. BBC is a trademark of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The new Volkswagen Golf R comes with a 0 to 62 miles per hour time of just 4.7 seconds and it features a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful. If you'd be so kind as to allow our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. 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VW’s Adaptive Chassis Control runs through Normal, Comfort, Sport and Race, and comes into its own when you get to the track. So, the Final Edition signals – well, almost anyway – the end of the line for the seventh-generation (Mk 7.5) Volkswagen Golf. You still haven't turned off your adblocker or allowed our site. crowd, Still no DAB+ radio, which we'd like to see standard. You’re left wondering why this system isn’t a benchmark for other manufacturers in vastly more expensive segments. What I thought might have been an initial connection glitch turned out later to be a faulty cable, and the system otherwise worked seamlessly. No money from the licence fee was used to create this website. That’s a proper indication that VW is keeping Golf buyers happy with each new iteration. There are other brands in the United States that are slowly but surely starting to phase the manuals out, but we pushed to keep it. This page is for personal, non-commercial use. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, VW Driver-Free Self-Parking App Coming for ID.4, Tesla Is Joining the S&P 500 Index in December, Mini's Urbanaut Concept Envisions Automated Future, NHTSA Investigates Tesla Display Failures, Hyundai Has a Fix for Odor in Some 2020 Palisades, Nissan Frontier Was Faster Than Ram TRX in Testing, Updated 2021 Lincoln Nautilus to Debut November 20. And more. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running. We’re only getting 450 in total, so they will be scarce regardless of colour. The front brakes are larger than before, with two-piston calipers. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running. The electronic locking diff is playing its part here, too, but the platform is intrinsically sorted, before you even worry about the high-tech wizardry. But what a way for the hottest of hot hatches to go out, resplendent in special bits and in the … Our car experts choose every product we feature. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links. The 4Motion system gains a torque vectoring function that juggles power between the rear wheels as-needed to make the R sharper and quicker around corners. The driver’s high-res 12.3-inch TFT instrument display is active and only adds to the premium feeling. For two years before we started seeing the Mk8 Volkwagen Golf R out testing, we couldn't get a handle on what to expect from the hottest trim in the Golf lineup. We say almost, because there is a special TCR edition still to come, but it’s just about the final stop on the seventh-generation journey. UPDATE, September 17: The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R has been teased ahead of the model's unveiling on November 4, 2020. When you get to the track, though, you find out what the AWD R is really capable of – if you get the urge to scratch the itch, that is. I don’t love piano-black inlays – fingerprints and smudges – but there isn’t too much in the Golf R. My drive to the track proves one thing most obviously – there is real value in not attempting to reinvent the wheel when you’re onto a good thing. It can notably send up to 100% of the engine's output to the wheel that's outside the bend. It rides over poor roads comfortably, never bottoming out, crashing through potholes or feeling uneasy. It also promises a bump in performance thanks to a more powerful engine, an upgraded all-wheel drive system, and a standard six-speed manual transmission. Like before, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is the sole engine choice, but this engine now produces 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque—notable increases of 27 hp and 30 lb-ft compared with the Mk 7 car. On the subject of paint, a crazy colour might not be my first choice for a Golf R – the whole Wolfsburg in sheep’s clothing thing – but it’s worth remembering that in hindsight it’s often the limited run of special cars that end up being worth more down the track. You must be logged in to perform that action. But VW Group head Herbert Diess was said to be in favor of a monster Golf, so the same month Capito put it down, Autocar reported that the brand was working a so-called Golf R Plus that would blend gestures from the 2014 Golf R400 concept and Golf TCR race car. Stylists added a subtle body kit that includes a roof-mounted spoiler, a blue piece of trim that runs across the front end and lights up as soon as the engine starts, a rear diffuser, chrome-plated exhaust tips, and a sprinkling of black trim. Our 2014 hot hatch of the year award-winner, no less. The only real visual differences, if you discount the paint colour, are the 19-inch ‘Black Pretoria’ alloy wheels and gloss-black door mirrors. The tyres on our tester provided a surfeit of grip – 19-inch rims shod in 235/35ZR19 Continental tyres that seemed to get better the harder you pushed despite being a road-focused tyre. Buyers will initially have three exterior paint colors named Lapiz Blue Metallic, Pure White, and Deep Black Pearl effect, respectively, to choose from, though we wouldn't be surprised if Volkswagen again expands the color palette with wilder hues a little bit later in the hatchback's production run. The look was pretty much the same too: a classy Golf, with some big wheels, stretched intakes and four exhausts this time, instead of two. The AWD hot hatch will come out at the end of 2020 and available to buy … Due out in 2021 as a 2022 model, it's one of two variants of the eighth-generation Golf (the other being the GTI) that will be sold in the United States. Click on the icon for your Adblocker in your browser. Volkswagen quotes a 4.7-second sprint from zero to 60 mph, and a top speed of 155 mph. There’s absolutely no doubt the Golf R is, and has been for some time, an aspirational hot hatch, and it’s unlikely the Final Edition models will sit in showrooms for very long. Thanks to low finance rates making it affordable at around £300 a month, it was a massive hit in the UK, and deservedly so.