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2022 Volkswagen Golf R Debuts With 315 HP, More Tech And Drift Mode

The Volkswagen Golf R set to debut in late 2021 as a 2022 model, just like the GTI, the new Golf R promises more power, more technology, and more performance.

Golf R

Starting under the hood, the 2022 Golf R has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 315 hp (235 kW / 319 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. That’s an increase of 27 hp (20 kW / 27 PS) and 30 lb-ft (41 Nm).

The Golf R can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds. Given enough room, the hatchback will eventually hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Golf R

The sporty features extend beyond the engine compartment as the Golf R has a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs and anti-roll bars. Engineers also added a lightweight aluminum subframe and increased the negative camber on the front axle to allow for higher cornering speeds as well as improved stability. The changes also improve the car’s looks as the Golf R sits 0.8 inches (20 mm) lower than the standard model.

The new Drift Mode is one of two special drive modes called Special and Drift, configurable within Race mode and joins standard drive options like Sport, Comfort, and Individual.

Golf R

The Golf R also benefits from a vehicle dynamics manager which monitors and optimizes the car’s various systems and components. In particular, Volkswagen said it can calculate “optimal clutch control for the selective wheel torque control function to further optimize the agility and stability of the Golf R.” It also helps to counteract oversteer and understeer for neutral handling.

Putting aside the performance features, the Golf R has a sportier front bumper with unique air intakes and gloss black accents. The model is also distinguished by a unique grille with a blue crossbar that illuminates as soon as the engine is started.

Further back, there are sportier side skirts, matte chrome exterior mirror caps and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires. Rounding out the highlights are a sportier rear bumper, a gloss black diffuser and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.

Golf R

The cabin gets a tech-forward design – similar to what we’ve already seen on the GTI – highlighted by a 10.0-inch touchscreen, VW’s Digital Cockpit with a virtual instrument cluster, and even touchpad controllers on the steering wheel, replacing traditional analog buttons. There’s even a special “R” button on the steering wheel for easy access to the Race drive mode. Blue trim pieces and “R” logos adorn the seats, dash, and steering wheel, while the Golf R gets optional Nappa leather seating surfaces for the first time.

The 2022 VW Golf will go on sale in the US beginning late next year. No word on pricing, but considering the 2019 model started at $40,395, expect the new version to cost just as much if not slightly more.

Source: carscoops

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