New Golf R Is Most Powerful Edition To Date

Published Date: 16th Nov 2020

Boasting an improved 2.0-litre petrol engine outputting 320PS, a new all-wheel drive powertrain, limited top speed of 155mph and 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, the all-new VW Golf R is the most powerful edition to date. If that is not enough for you, an R-Performance package can be added to increase the top speed to 167mph.

2021 VW Golf R

2021 VW Golf R - Improved Driving Dynamics

Volkswagen say the new chassis, suspension and steering have been optimised to work in conjunction with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system for improved driving dynamics. 4Motion is powered by an ‘R-Performance Torque Vectoring’ system that distributes torque to the four wheels for optimal driving dynamics while a rear drive distributes the power between the front and rear axles.

2021 VW Golf R exterior rear image

These systems work in tandem, controlled by the Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM) which also controls electronic differential locks (XDS) and adaptive chassis control DCC to offer optimal traction and improved driving precision. The new Golf R also gets larger 18-inch disc brakes on the front axle.

The all-new Golf R, equipped with 7-speed dual clutch transmission as standard was rigorously tested and put thorough its paces at the Nürburgring race track where it was 19 seconds quicker around the track than the outing Golf R model.

The new Golf R features familiar drive models like Comfort, Sport, Race and a new ‘Drift’ mode that sends as much power as it can to the rear wheels while ‘dialling down’ stability control.

2021 VW Golf R Exterior

Available in blue, black or white at launch, the new Golf R features an understated yet stylish ‘R’ bodykit and 18-inch alloy wheels (upgraded to 19-inch with the R-Performance pack).

2021 VW Golf R exhaust pipes close up

At the rear you will find more obvious changes; a much bigger rear spoiler and quad exhaust pipes make a strong statement.

2021 VW Golf R exterior R badge close up

New VW Golf Interior

Inside, the Golf R is not as ‘in your face’ as the GTI, of course it’s a matter of taste and opinion but you could say the R is more sophisticated inside.

2021 VW Golf R Nappa leather sports seats close up

New sports seats are in black Nappa leather with an eye-catching blue detail stitching and 3D embossed ‘R’ logo.

The steering wheel is new too and it features a special ‘R’ button that can quickly slip the car into a drive mode of your choice which could save a lot of pain working your way through the menus on the touchscreen.

It also features new stainless-steel pedals, door inserts, larger paddle shifters and customisable ambient lighting system.

The dash is impressive with a new large 10-inch touchscreen which has been muted to boast a sharper screen and improved graphics, the new digital driver display is impressive too and features some new graphics/settings that are unique to the Golf R.

2021 VW Golf R dashboard sports seats close up
2021 VW Golf R interior