VW Golf 8 R officially revealed!

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The ‘most powerful production Golf’ has finally been officially revealed, following a teaser release that had most enthusiasts on their toes.

With the upcoming Golf 8 GTI and GTI Clubsport already revealed, the highly awaited Golf R sits above the rest and features a design language that further highlights its hierarchy within the line-up. The exterior design of the Golf 8 R seems to have mastered the art of blending sophistication and aggression into something of a masterpiece.This masterpiece gains a new front bumper with motorsport-style splitter and R-specific air intake grilles with high-gloss black elements. Above the grille is an LED strip that runs across with LED headlights and daytime running lights. Side view benefits from 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, exclusive side skirts, matte chrome exterior mirror caps, and a 0.8-inch lower stance than the standard production model.  Uniquely designed rear bumper with a newly designed high-gloss black diffuser flanks the chrome-plated twin tailpipes, with a roof spoiler completing the look.

Interior design receives R embossed sport seats, heated multifunction seats with redesigned pedal shifts, blue contrast stitching, and an R button for direct selection of the various driving profiles. Infotainment features come in the form of a 10inch touch-screen running on the latest Discover Pro infotainment system.

Official details confirm the upcoming VW Golf 8 R to be powered by a 235kW/420Nm EA888 2.0litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that sends drive to an all-wheel drive system controlled by a Vehicle Dynamics Manager that has been closely integrated with other running gear systems such the electronic front differential lock (XDS) and adaptive chassis control DCC. This configuration allows the Golf 8 R to deliver a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.7sec before clocking a top speed of 250km/h.

Thanks to the Golf 8 R’s final tuning being done at the infamous Nurburgring circuit, it now features two new drive modes “Special” and Drift” profiles in addition to the traditional Comfort, Sport, Race and Individual drive modes. In “Drift” mode, the ESC changes to ESC Sport and the distribution of power via the all-wheel drive system enable the Golf R to drift.


The Golf 8 R has been confirmed for a Mzansi introduction in the last quarter of 2021. Stay tuned for confirmed dates.