2022 Volkswagen Golf R Preview- Specs, Design, Performance, Features, Interiors & Pictures

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March 23, 2021 at 04:47 PM

Volkswagen has finally revealed the most powerful Golf ever built. This new Mk 8 Golf R will come standard with the most modern 4Motion AWD system mated to a 315 hp motor. It will be able to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and attain a top speed of 155 mph. The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R will be made available for sale in the U.S. towards the end of 2021 and will be offered as a stand-alone trim.

2021 Volkswagen Golf R Latest Updates:

Perhaps the best news for any automotive enthusiast in a long time is the new 2022 Volkswagen Golf R breaking covers. It returns with the newest Mk 8 generation, so this hot hatch becomes the ‘hottest’ ever. This quick and powerful Golf R will go on sale in late 2021 as a 2022 model, and it will be offered alongside the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI. In a world where Volkswagen (and most brands under the Volkswagen group) are doubling down on electric vehicles (ID.4) and hybrids (Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid), it is heartening to see them doing something for the audience who identify themselves as core enthusiasts.

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There is a lot in this car which is bucking the industry trends for once about which you are about to know more. This most powerful version of the Mk 8 2021 VW Golf houses the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque and is the sole engine choice. Not just more power, the car also comes with more technology and more engaging performance. And how do you know about the performance being engaging and the car being quicker? VW development driver Benjamin Leuchter has tried to prove its racy nature by posting a 7:51 lap-time at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The Mk 8 Golf R is 19 seconds faster than the previous generation.

2021 Volkswagen Golf R

Model Specs

Price Range


Release Date

Late 2021


2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4


6-Speed Manual/7-Speed DCT


4Motion AWD


Golf R


  • Lapiz Blue Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Deep Black Pearl Effect


All-new model for 2022

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What will be the Prices, Trims, and Features of the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R?

When it makes its way to the shores of the U.S., the 2022 Golf R will sit at the top of the current-gen Volkswagen Golf lineup. So it will be priced more dearly than even the Golf GTI which maxes out an MSRP of $37,745. Reports suggest that it will be a fully-loaded package offered in a single trim, the Golf R. You will, however, have the option to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DCT unit. There will also be choices in the variety of color options on offer. Otherwise, most features will remain as stand-alone specifications.


Volkswagen Golf R

MSRP (Manual)

$40,000 (Est.)

MSRP (DCT) $42,000 (Est.)

Key Features

4Motion AWD


Vehicle Dynamics Manager


Electronic Differentials


DCC Adaptive Suspension


Driving Mode Selector


19-inch Alluminum-alloy Wheels


Nappa-leather Wrapped Seats

  Digital Cockpit
  10.0-inch Discover Pro touchscreen
  30-color Ambient Lighting

Looking at its expansive standard features' list, it is anybody's guess that the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R will definitely cost well over $40,000 for the manual configuration. That will make it even more expensive than the 2021 Honda Civic Type-R, which is frankly not all that well-equipped in comparison to the VW Golf R. For starters, the Type-R gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen but the 2022 Golf R will come standard with a 10.0-inch setup. Also, its been already established that the latter is more powerful too, so expect only the most advanced safety and driver-assistance tech.

What is the Engine under the hood of the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R?

Power in the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is generated by an EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and it is the sole engine choice. The figures are rated at 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. These figures are significantly higher in comparison even to the scorching 2021 Honda Civic Type-R. There's an increase of 27 horsepower and 15 for the torque compared to the previous generation's motor as well. Also interestingly, the torque is available for a wider band on the rev range, from 2,100 to 5,350 rpm. The case where the Europeans get more power unlocked will not be there anymore.

Both the European and the U.S. market version will now get the same performance from their new Mk8 Golf wearing the R badge. The biggest question everyone will ask is whether it comes with a manual gearbox or not. Thankfully. Volkswagen has fought hard and the result is a sweet six-speed stick shift gearbox that is available along with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The automatic will obviously be quicker but it is nice to see the manual gearbox still as an option in a world where almost all brands in the US are phasing out manuals. Another part worthy to note is the all-wheel-drive system of the car.


2022 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Honda Civic Type-R


$40,000 (Est.)



2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4


4Motion AWD



6-speed manual

6-speed manual


315 hp @ N/A

306 hp @ 6,500 RPM


310 lb-ft @ 2,100 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

All-wheel-drive has been a hallmark of the Golf R since it arrived in 1989. But for the Mk8, it is more sophisticated than that; a 4Motion system is included and it is a torque vectoring function. What it basically does is shuffle power between the rear wheels so that there is no loss of traction when the car enters a corner with more speed than usual and you can rather focus on going through the corner quicker. It is said to be so efficient that it can even shift 100% power to the appropriate wheel. There is even a Drift mode function which will change the torque distribution completely along with deactivating the stability control so that you can have some fun sliding the tail.

Do the Performance enhancements make the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R a quick car?

Next, we come to the Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM). It is in charge of most things under the chassis, from the 4Motion system to the adaptive damping system, the electronic differential locks, a lot of other technologies. Apart from that, the car gets seven driving profiles from which the drivers can choose from. They are Comfort, Sport, Race, Special, Drift, and Individual, and you can access them all by pressing the blue R button on the steering wheel. The Drift mode has been explained earlier, the Special mode is actually the settings used for the Nurburgring lap, so it is evidently meant for track duty.

When hooked-up right, the 2022 Golf R will accelerate to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds while maxing out at a top speed of 155 mph. Now that the Nurburgring lap-time has been brought up again, it is worthwhile to note how some of its competitors have fared. The 2021 front-wheel-drive Honda Civic Type-R is lower on horsepower than the Golf, but it betters the Golf R’s 7:51 time as it goes around the ring in 7:43:08. What’s more, you won’t get the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires which were used for the Nordschleife lap in North America, the tire options include Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport, Bridgestone Potenza S005, Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3.


2022 Volkswagen Golf R

2021 Honda Civic Type-R

0-62 MPH

4.7 sec 5.0 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A 13.5 sec
Top Speed 155 mph 169 mph

Before you move on to the other sections, let’s talk about the brakes. The car has a lot more power so good stopping power is also necessary. In fact, well-tuned brakes will help you go faster around any track you are on. For the front rotors, VW has put 14.1 by 1.3 inches which are clamped on by two-piston aluminum calipers. They are also lighter to save up weight by almost 60% on each side. In comparison, the Mk 7 Golf R had 13.4 by 1.2 inches rotors. An R-specific master cylinder is used here which enhances the stopping power and delivers proper braking response and feel.

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How feature-rich will the Interior of the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R be?

The interiors are evolutionary more than revolutionary. For the US market, it will arrive as a single fully loaded trim level. The digital instrument cluster and a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be the same for the GTI as well as the R, though the latter will have R-specific views.

The cluster shows you a lot of handy information like navigation directions, transmission oil temperature, turbo boost pressure, horsepower and torque outputs, and front and rear torque distribution. There is a carbon-fiber like the trim on the dashboard, it complements the blue contrast stitching. There are also blue R logos adorned on the front seatbacks which helps you to differentiate it from the base Golf.

Speaking of seats, you get sporty seats and they are beautifully finished in Nappa leather. There are some more carbon-like elements along with some blue trim strewn around in the side section. The steering wheel is new, it is wrapped in leather and it has a heating function.

It now has touch controls along with haptic feedback. Other handsome yet subtle bits include brushed-finish stainless-steel pedals that come as standard. There is also a 30-color ambient lighting function to not only adapt to all your moods but even complement the Discover Pro touchscreen unit. 

How attractive-looking is the Exterior design of the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R?

The Golf R is based on the five-door eighth-generation Golf, but it has some touches which make it rather resemble the previous Golf Rs. The appearance is not only ‘low-key’ the car also sits lower than the standard Golf by 0.8 inches. The body kit which has been added is quite subtle.

It consists of a roof-mounted spoiler, a rear diffuser, a blue piece of trim that runs across the front end, and lights up as soon as the engine starts, and chrome-plated exhaust tips with some additional sprinkles of black trim. The blue crossbar grille is subtle yet when you will see it on the street you can easily distinguish it from the base Golf. The R-specific front bumper also houses larger air intakes and an integrated splitter.

For the wheels, 19-inch wheels come as standard, the brake calipers get blue accents. Other standard features include stainless steel pedal caps as well as a sunroof. For the exterior colors, buyers have an option to choose from Lapiz Blue Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, and Pure White, though it is quite likely that Volkswagen will introduce some older hues as the production run continues with time.

When will the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R be available For Sale in the U.S.?

The pricing information for the 2022 Golf R has not been revealed yet by Volkswagen. For context, the 2021 Golf GTI tops out at nearly $37k. The new Golf R should also be priced somewhere around the mid-$40,000 mark. When it’ll come to the dealerships, the only options the buyers will have are for the exterior colors and the transmission options.

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