Volkswagen unveiled the latest generation of the brand’s performance halo, the new Golf R, today. This car boasts 315 horsepower, 27 more than the outgoing U.S. model, as well as 310 pound-feet of torque. A newly developed torque vectoring 4Motion all-wheel-drive system features selective wheel torque control on the rear axle—the new rear differential distributes the power between the front and rear axles, and also between the two rear wheels. As a world first, the all-wheel drive is also networked via a Vehicle Dynamics Manager (VDM) with other running gear systems such the electronic differential locks and the adaptive damping system to deliver optimal traction, neutral handling and maximum agility. The Golf R can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in a brief 4.7 seconds.

The exterior design of the new Golf R includes a new front bumper featuring a motorsport-style splitter and R-specific air intake grilles, with high-gloss black elements. At the top of the radiator grille, the Golf features a blue crossbar which lights up as an LED strip as soon as the engine starts and stretches all the way into the fenders to act as the daytime running lights. The R rides 0.8-inch lower than the standard Golf.  Blue brake calipers peek through 19-inch wheels wearing summer performance tires. The rear bumper incorporates a newly designed high-gloss black diffuser. Chrome-plated twin tailpipes, standard sport exhaust and a roof spoiler round out the R's exterior upgrades.  Inside, Nappa leather surfaced sport seats feature carbon-look elements with blue accents in the side sections, as well as a blue R logo in the backrest. The heated and multifunction leather sport steering wheel has also been given a specific design, with ergonomically shaped DSG paddles, blue contrast stitching, and an R button for direct selection of the various driving profiles. A more forceful press of the R button also activates Race profile directly. The new Golf R will go on sale in the U.S. as a 2022 model during the latter part of 2021.