Mk8 version of the Volkswagen Golf R is on sale now, and out-muscles its closest rivals with 316bhp and 420Nm

3 Dec 2020

The new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf R is on sale now. Prices for the brand new mannequin – which turns into the quickest accelerating Volkswagen on sale with a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds – begin from £39,270.

The new Volkswagen Golf R squares to a bunch of 300bhp four-wheel drive scorching hatches, together with the BMW M135i, the Mercedes-AMG A 35 and the Audi S3. The newest iteration of the Golf R, nonetheless, is essentially the most highly effective of all.

Under the bonnet sits a revised model of the two.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine utilized by the earlier R. The adjustments to the EA888 evo4 unit unlock an additional 20bhp and 20Nm of torque – taking the hatchback’s output to 316bhp and 420Nm of torque.

The engine sends energy to all 4 wheels through a seven-speed twin clutch gearbox – which, together with the efficiency hike, permits each that 0–62mph time and an electronically restricted prime velocity of 155mph.

As with most scorching Volkswagens, the Golf R’s chassis is loaded with intelligent know-how that’s designed to enhance on-track efficiency. Stand-out options embrace a two-stage digital stability programme, a complicated traction management system and a brand new torque vectoring system which cannot solely distribute the engine’s energy between the entrance and rear axles – but in addition between the 2 rear wheels.

Volkswagen says all of those electrical and software program enhancements have made the brand new Golf R way more agile than the mannequin it replaces – and, to make the tweaks as environment friendly as doable, they’re backed up by a collection of beefy mechanical upgrades.

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Physical chassis enhancements embrace stiffer adaptive dampers, a brand new progressive energy steering system, wider alloy wheels and massive 18-inch disc brakes on the entrance axle, which change the outdated automobile’s 17-inch items. The Golf R additionally rides 20mm nearer to the bottom than the usual hatchback, to decrease its centre of gravity and enhance its dealing with.

Further focus may be added with the elective R-Performance pack. The pack itself prices £2,000, and provides 19-inch ‘Estoril’ alloy wheels, an uprated rear spoiler that produces extra downforce, and a velocity limiter improve to 168mph. It additionally provides a few new driving modes: Drift and Special. Drift mode eases off the traction management and ship a lot of the engine’s energy to the rear axle, permitting the new hatchback to carry out powerslides. Special, in the meantime, is a setup tailor-made to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, adjusting the damping response, steering and throttle maps and differential settings for the simplest efficiency across the gruelling 12.9-mile circuit.

Cosmetic enhancements over the usual Mk8 Golf are pretty restrained, with the one revisions being a brand new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, a set of subdued “R” badges and a barely extra aggressive physique package with deeper facet skirts.

The most noticeable styling adjustments that give this automobile away because the flagship model of the Golf are the quad-exit exhaust system and refined new rear diffuser. However, for individuals who wish to be just a little extra conspicuous, Volkswagen additionally gives an elective louder (and lighter) Akrapovic exhaust system.

Volkswagen’s revisions to the inside are just a little extra apparent. There’s a closely bolstered pair of sports activities seats, chrome steel pedals, distinctive door playing cards and a brand new sports activities steering wheel, with a set of bigger paddle shifters and the R model’s trademark blue stitching. Buyers additionally get a customisable ambient lighting system and a smattering of “R” logos for the automobile’s seats and ground mats.

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The Golf R shares the identical 10-inch infotainment system and digital instrument cluster as the usual Mk8 Golf – though the system’s shows have all been reconfigured with distinctive blue-faced graphics. Drivers may even select between two dashboard designs, centred round both a round or horizontal rev-counter – and, when driving in guide mode, the dashboard will present a visual shift immediate to remind the motive force to alter gear.

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