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Few segments are as exciting as hot hatches. These sporty cars offer the perfect combination of thrilling performance, athletic styling, and affordability. It’s no wonder why so many automotive enthusiasts have been on the edge of their seats, awaiting the upcoming 2022 Volkswagen Golf R’s specs.

Volkswagen teased the Golf R’s reveal on October 30, claiming that the 2022 model is the most powerful Golf ever. Obviously, this generated a ton of buzz and speculation on automotive websites and forums. How much horsepower will the 2022 VW Golf R have? How fast is it? Will it have a manual transmission?

Gearheads won’t have to wait any longer for this information. Volkswagen finally spilled the beans via a recent press release detailing everything the Golf R has to offer. So just how fast is the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, and what other goodies does it offer? Let’s take a look at everything VW divulged about the all-new hot hatch.

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R delivers a shocking amount of horsepower

A blue 2022 Volkswagen Golf R on display
A 2022 Volkswagen Golf R (European model) on display | Photo via Volkswagen

Many consider the more affordable Golf GTI to be one of the best hot hatches on the market. However, its capability doesn’t hold a candle to the extreme race-inspired performance of the Golf R.

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that kicks out 315 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s 27 more hp than that of the previous model and 74 more hp than the 2022 VW Golf GTI. 

How do these figures translate to straight-line speed? Volkswagen claims the 2022 Golf R can accelerate from 0-62 MPH in just 4. seconds. These numbers are quite astounding for a model of this size, which is why drivers should keep the 2022 Golf R on their radar.

There’s more to the Golf R than just its speed

Power is one thing, but how it utilizes that energy matters so much more. The 2022 VW Golf R is equipped with race-inspired performance features to help owners get the most out of every drive.

Shoppers can choose between a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Additionally, the 2022 Golf R comes with a new all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. This system dramatically improves cornering ability and helps reduce understeer by sending torque to the rear wheel that needs it the most.

Gearheads will also be pleased to know that the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R comes with other exciting features like drift mode. You’ll even notice performance-enhancements, such as a rear diffuser, an adaptive damping system, a rear spoiler, and 19-inch wheels. Meanwhile, sports seats with Nappa leather upholstery, a heated leather steering wheel, and a 10-inch touchscreen grace the car’s interior.

The 2022 VW Golf R should be on consumer’s watch list

Hatchbacks are one of the hottest trends in the automotive industry, and Volkswagen has seemingly just upped the ante with its newest offering. With so much power in such a little package, there isn’t much you can’t love about the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, especially with its additional premium performance features and drift mode. 

This sensational little masterpiece is certainly worth keeping in mind. However, you’ll have to wait a while before getting behind the wheel. Volkswagen expects the all-new Golf R to go on sale in late 2021.


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