Yes folks, it’s back!!
The previous generation Golf R was one of the most popular cars in the BOTB competition and with good reason – the perfect combination of all-weather performance, practicality, subtle looks and VW build quality meant it was the performance hot hatch that everyone wanted.
But then VW introduced the Golf Mk8 and there was no R – until now! The Golf R is back and brings everything the old car did, and more.
So firstly, the 2.0 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine now has 316bhp and 420Nm, meaning the 0-62mph time has dropped to 4.7 seconds. The power still goes to all four wheels but now it has the 7-spd DSG gearbox as standard.
But it’s the oily (and electronic) bits that have seen the biggest change – there’s a new torque vectoring system for the AWD setup, more camber on the front wheels, stiffer spring rates all round, quicker steering, lighter and more powerful brakes and there’s even a Drift Mode that puts most of the power to the rear wheels.
The best has just got better!
And you can win one right here in the BOTB Midweek Car Competition!