2022 Volkswagen Golf R Review: Hot Hatch Heaven

For the uninitiated, the Golf R is an excellent hotter model of what’s arguably the unique scorching hatch, the VW GTI. For the very uninitiated, the Golf R is a automobile – which is a decrease, smaller model of an SUV.

More particularly, the place the GTI powers the entrance wheels with a 241 horsepower model of what has turn out to be the standard Volkswagen 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the Golf R bumps the horsepower from that very same two-liter as much as 315 and 280 lb-ft of torque, piped by all 4 wheels. While this newest platform is the eighth technology of Golf, that is the third technology to see a Golf R that one-ups the exalted GTI.

Interestingly, the six-speed guide transmission seen on this take a look at automobile is simply out there in North America. The remainder of the world — markets historically seen as extra receptive to a conventional guide transmission than them there shift-lazy ‘Muricans — can solely order the Golf R with the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automated.

Whichever ratio-selecting mechanism you select (or have chosen for you by your locale) you will not be upset. The VW DSG transmission has confirmed to be strong, even when used on highly-modified vehicles. Heck, the DSG-equipped Golf R will get further torque – 295 lb-ft versus 280 lb-ft on this manual-equipped automobile. Regular upkeep is required, sure, however a do-it-yourselfer can handle the DSG fluid adjustments. While I do get pleasure from choosing my very own cogs, that is one automated transmission that’s genuinely gratifying to drive.

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