To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Golf R, Volkswagen is launching the Golf R “20 years”, an exclusive special edition. The limited production period of approximately one makes this special model a collector’s item as soon as it rolls off the production line. Like all performance-enhanced high-end Volkswagen R models, the Golf R has its roots on the racing circuit and represents the transfer of innovative technologies to series production. Fan communities around the world appreciate its expressive design and performance. The new “20-year-old” Golf R is now available to order from 62,700 euros in France.
The ’20-year-old’ Golf R surpasses anything launched with the ‘Golf’ label so far. The anniversary model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds: the top speed is electronically limited to 270 km/h. The “20 years” edition of the Golf R makes its exceptional character known as soon as the engine is started. Impossible not to notice the 333 hp (245 kW) delivered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine. The driver can select a start rich in emotions with an engine speed increased to 2,500 rpm and a particularly present acoustics for maximum pleasure even before setting off to discover a driving experience described R.
During manual shifting of S and S+ gears, the dual-clutch DSG gearbox and the transmission send haptic feedback each time the Golf R “20 years” paddle is pressed. The optimized engine tuning also enables particularly spontaneous gear changes. The turbocharger is always held at a certain rpm, even during part-load operation, so that power is released more quickly on re-acceleration. The open thrust throttle actuator also contributes to improved dynamics and on-road performance. When the user releases the accelerator pedal and actuates it again, this allows a faster increase in engine torque and improves engine behavior. The “20-year-old” Golf R is thus even more stable and dynamic during sporty driving.
The “20-year-old” Golf R is equipped with the series of the “R-Performance” package, already present on the Golf 8 R (such as the R-Performance Torque Vectoring in combination with the dynamic behavior manager and two additional driving profiles ” Special” and “Drift”). This new model is equipped with equipment with an exclusive design. At the rear, the roof spoiler underlines the style of the motorsport vehicle. The “20-year-old” Golf R is fitted with 19″ “Estoril” light alloy rims as standard. Like all Golf models, the “20 year old” Golf R is produced at the factory in Wolfsburg, the home of the Golf. It will be offered in various European markets, in a few international markets and in North America.
The “20-year-old” Golf R is the 5th edition of the very sporty Golf R. The success story resumed in 2002 with the Golf R32 and its 241 hp (177 kW) 3.2-litre 6-cylinder engine. It was then the most powerful Golf ever produced by Volkswagen. With its all-wheel drive combined with its exclusive design and equipment, this sports car was a benchmark in its segment. The Golf R32 was an immediate success, and its sales were three times higher than what had been programmed.