Back in 2002, Volkswagen introduced the Golf R32, a punchy little number with a 241hp 3.2L V6 under the hood. Since that time, VW may have dropped the V6 and the ’32’ designation, but the formula for the R remains the same: a hearty engine upgrade and a slew of performance parts. In keeping with tradition, the Germans have outdone themselves once again.
Like its predecessor, the MK8 R is powered by a twin-turbo 2.0L inline-four. However, it’s been boosted to 315hp and 310lb-ft of torque — an increase of 27hp and 30lb-ft that makes it the most powerful Golf yet. As such, it’ll do 0-60mph in 4.7s and climb all the way to 155mph. What’s more, the new Golf R gets an improved all-wheel-drive system with a torque-vectoring rear differential, a feature that enables a new Drift mode function. Rounded out by a set of larger brakes, retuned suspension, and an 0.8″ lower ride height, the 2022 R makes for the ultimate hot hatch. On the exterior, it gains a new front bumper, larger air intakes, and an aggressive spoiler. Inside, it comes standard with a six-speed manual, Nappa leather sport seats, and several other R-specific trim items. Pricing has yet to be announced.