27 June 2024
Volkswagen Launches Updated Golf R 

The Volkswagen Golf R has gotten a power boost, complementing its new updated styling.

Volkswagen has pulled the covers off the refreshed Golf R, and it’s a significant step forward for one of the most beloved hot hatches on the market.

Unlike its German and British counterparts, the updated Volkswagen Golf R hasn’t hopped on the plug-in hybrid bandwagon. But, that hasn’t stopped it from churning out an impressive 329bhp, a nice bump up from the previous 315bhp, while peak torque remains a solid 420Nm.

Pair this power with a 7-speed DSG and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system, complete with torque vectoring, and you’ve got a recipe for some serious driving fun. Its century sprint time is just 6.4 seconds, shaving a precious 0.1 seconds off its predecessor. 

And if you opt for the R-Performance package, the top speed jumps from 250km/h to 270km/h.

Visually, the new Golf R mirrors the updates seen in the standard Golf.

Redesigned headlights, an illuminated ‘VW’ badge, a revamped front bumper, and new taillight clusters give the Golf R a sharper, more aggressive look.

Step inside, and you’re greeted by Volkswagen’s largest infotainment system to date – a whopping 15 inches. This comes equipped with IDA, Volkswagen’s voice assistant that can utilise ChatGPT to answer your general knowledge questions.

Complementing this is the Digital Cockpit Pro instrument cluster. At 10.2 inches, it features a round rev counter with an R-specific design with R-View with a horizontal rpm display.

For those needing more versatility, Volkswagen is also launching the Golf R Variant. Fold down the rear seats, and you’ve got a cavernous 1,642 litres of luggage space.

And if you’re into the darker, more menacing look, there’s the Golf R Black Edition. This special version comes with darker badging and R logos, black R brake calipers, black 19-inch Estoril wheels, and black tailpipes. Darkened IQ.Light LED matrix headlights complete the stealthy aesthetic.

Pre-sales for the updated Volkswagen Golf R kick off on 3 July in Germany. Though, we are doubtful if it will ever touch our shores.

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