At a glance, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R looks pretty much like the GTI/GTI Clubsport, save for some exterior tweaks like the new front bumper featuring a motorsport-style splitter and R-specific air intake grilles with high-gloss black elements, and a long-ass daytime running light that stretches from fender-to-fender, above the radiator grille.
Under the hood, however, it is a different story. The Golf’s 2.0L inline four turbocharged TSI engine has been coaxed to produce 315 ponies – 27 more over the outgoing U.S. model, and kicks out 30 lb-ft (41 Nm) more torque at 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) which is available from just 2,100 RPM.
Outfitted with a newly developed torque vectoring 4Motion all-wheel drive as standard and mated to 6-speed manual gearbox, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R rockets from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 4.7 seconds, sending it on its way top speed of 155 mph. 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission is an option that will be offered for those too lazy to work their left leg.
The power plant also features a fully-electronic coolant regulator unit that affords “very efficient thermal management with a short warm-up phase,” and variable valve time on both the intake and exhaust cams, with variable valve lift on the exhaust side. Snazzy.
Also present in the Golf R is a Vehicle Dynamics Manager, a new rear differential, electronic differential locks, and DCC adaptive damping system for optimal traction and increase agility.
Other distinctive features of the R-model include 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, blue brake calipers with R logo on the front, exclusive side skirts, matter chrome exterior mirror caps that project the R logo on the road when the doors are opened and closed, and a 0.8-inch lower stance over the standard production model.
Three colors will be offered, namely, Lapiz Blue Metallic, Pure White and Deep Black Pearl Effect. The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is slated to go on sale in the U.S. as a 2022 model “during the latter part of 2021.”
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