Ladies and gentlemen, what you see here is perhaps the last Golf R in the history of Volkswagen. It is likely, it will be the most fun, too. Just bear with me for a few minutes here – I’ll tell, why.
The most powerful, 8th generation Golf R will be available with upgraded 2.0 turbocharged 4-banger, delivering 315 HP and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. The power is going to be managed via dual-clutch automatic transmission and sent to all wheels. The new Golf R is also going to have a smart, performance-oriented torque vectoring system.
Volkswagen claims Golf R to go from 0 to 100 km/h or 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The needle of the speedometer can reach the maximum speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph. That’s quite a pace for a hot-hatch.
To handle the power properly engineers fitted stiffer dampers, springs as well as sway bars. They also increased the camber of front wheels to increase the cornering speed.
One cool thing about this car is the appearance of a rare mechanism – a manual transmission. Although, it will be available only to the North American market. It seems that Europeans tend to get spicy Golfs with the lightning-fast DSG gearboxes.
Then, there is a drift mode. Take that for a fact: a Golf with a drift mode – just how high do you have to be to think of that in this world? But since the presence of a Ford Focus RS, it was really a matter of time when other manufacturers went for the crazy drift mode.
Drift mode sends more power to the rear axle and with altered electronic stability control settings it could potentially be easier to skid than any RWD car. I can’t wait to try it out.
Another interesting addition to this car is the Special drive mode. It basically makes the dampers softer but retains the aggressiveness of all the other components. Volkswagen claims that it has proven to work exceptionally well in Nurburgring, where the surface of the track is far from perfect. Softer suspensions usually provide more grip on the road full of imperfections. That’s a lovely feature if you ask me.
Let’s have a look at the visuals, too. I was never a fan of the way the 8th generation Golf looks. It sort of reminds me of some Japanese and Korean cars. I assume it lost some of its aggressiveness since the previous generation model.
But honestly, the R version has all the boxes checked for me. Quad Akropovic exhaust pipes, subtle touches on the aero and lower stance transform it to quite a pretty car.
Is it going to be expensive? Well, of course, it is. There are no good and fun but at the same time cheap cars on the market. You don’t like the price? GTI is there for you, then.
Mind you, the Golf R mk8 may very well be the last Golf R ever since the whole lineup of electric VW cars are taking over.