Make Way for the New 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R
On July 15th (2021) Volkswagen of America unleashed the Mk8 Golf GTI and Golf R at the Chicago Auto Show. The eighth generation, the 2022 GTI, unveiled a surplus of interior and handling upgrades. The GTI model with manual transmission starts at an MSRP of $29,545 (destination fees not included).
While the fifth replication halo performance, the 2022 Golf R offers unmatched performance, quality features, and night-and-day differentiation from the GTI. With a manual transmission, the Golf R starts with an MSRP of $43,645 (destination fees not included).
“The previous Golf GTI and Golf R models were widely regarded as the best hot hatches you could buy, but the Mark 8 versions up the ante. Now built-in Wolfsburg, the cars have more performance, better handling, more standard equipment, and improved tech features, yet minimal price increases.” -Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America.
The Golf GTI and R are reincarnations of the Golf-family design. The exterior is a tad longer and sharper, but you know a Golf when you see it, specifically with the distinctive C-pillar. In addition, the Mark 8 vehicles received a slight facelift with a more captivating oblique hood; signature LED headlights, and a light bar in the grille on either side of the VW logo.
The GTI carries distinctive X-shaped fog lights, new wheel designs with a lower honeycomb grille, red grille line, red brake calipers, and dual exhaust tips. What remains consistent in the GTI is its incorporation of the golf ball design on the manual shift knob and standard plaid seats. The GTI is available in Oryx White Pearl, Moonstone Gray, Kings Red Metallic, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Reflex Silver Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, and Pomelo Yellow Metallix, the unique Autobahn-only launch color.
The R model features a blue grille line, brake calipers, a new wheel design, a brave front and rear bumper, a large two-piece rear spoiler, side sill extensions, and a quad-tipped exhaust system. In addition, Golf R is available in the signature Lapiz Blue Metallic, Pure White, and Deep Black Pearl.
Wheelbases remain unchanged from the previous generation. The Golf GTI is at 103.6 inches, while the Golf R is at 103.5. The Golf GTI is 168.8 inches long and 57.6 inches high. While the Golf R stretches 168.9 inches long and 57.7 inches tall, with both cars being 70.4 inches wide. There are 91.9 cubic feet of interior space with 41.2 inches of legroom from the front and 35 inches of legroom in the back. So if the rear seats are up, 19.9 cubic feet of cargo space increases to 34.5 inches with the seats folded.
Last but not least, the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection TSI® engine utilized in both Golf models, these two are the most potent vehicles from Volkswagen thus far. No matter what model you choose, the engines can be paired with the standard six-speed transmission or even the seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic.
The GTI generates 241 horsepower along with 273 lb-ft torque. The Golf R, 315 horsepower with 280 lb-ft torque with the manual and 295 lb-ft torque with the DSG transmission. These models carry a limited top track speed of 155 mph.
The Mk8 model’s dynamics settings integrate the electronic stability control (ESC) and electronic differential lock (XDS) and the optional adaptive damping system, DCC®. The adaptive damping system delivers nimble and proficient handling 200 times a second.
The standard GTI comes equipped with an electronic-controlled torque-sensing VAQ differential. Thus, the GTI offers a magnitude of the versatile invention depending on the circumstance and ESC, EDS, and XDS+ function. The VAQ differential enhances grip and handling around those fast corners and decreases understeer.
For the Golf R, Volkswagen designed the 4Motion® all-wheel-drive with rear-axle torque vectoring. The new torque vectoring system uses two multi-plate clutches that distribute 100 percent of the rear torque to an individual rear wheel. The previous generation’s 4Motion system could send up to 50 percent of the engine’s power to the rear axle through a multi-plate clutch. As a result, 4Motion can direct energy to a wheel on the outside curve reducing the cornering radius in milliseconds. In addition, the system intends to distribute power between the wheels based on speed; force applied, yaw, etc.
The GTI and Golf R both feature an entirely new electronic design. The 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro is standard in all Golfs. It allows drivers to create a custom display, whether it be car status, driving data, phone information, album art, driver assistance features, and so much more. In addition, there’s the Pro infotainment system with navigation and display; it displays a full-screen map in the 10-inch center display and the digital cluster simultaneously.
Cockpit digitization includes touch panels that control Lighting, defrost, HVAC function, and audio functions. In addition, a head-up display will be available, and it projects on the windshield, floating virtually in front of the driver. Ambient Lighting will come standard in thirty colors for both vehicles. The Lighting washes the interior, digital instruments, and infotainment system with the selected mood setting.
The 2022 GTI and Golf R are expected to reach U.S dealers in Q4 of 2021.
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