Fan-Focused Golf R Loses Weight, Gains Power

by Nik Berg
26 June 2024 2 min read
Fan-Focused Golf R Loses Weight, Gains Power

It looks like VW has been paying attention to the fan forums: the new Golf R has an enthusiasts’ wishlist of upgrades.

First there’s a power hike of 13 hp to bring the Golf R’s two-liter turbo four up to 333 bhp. Next there’s an unsprung weight reduction of over 8 kg thanks to the fitment of Warmenau lightweight alloy wheels with a design that improves brake cooling.

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Drivers can action a new higher speed engine start that’s seemingly purpose designed for car meets. Press and hold the start button for more than 1.5 seconds, then apply the brake and the motor barks into life at 2,500 rpm. Coincidentally that’s the exact speed that triggers exhaust backfire through an optional titanium Akrapovič exhaust system which has been tuned for “an even richer sound.” An additional actuator inside the car means occupants also get the aural thrills.

VW Golf R 4

The driver also gets the benefit of a new leather sports steering wheel and chunky paddle shifters in a style that R-lovers would often add from the aftermarket, and a Digital Cockpit Pro instrument panel with R-specific graphics and a mode that shows GPS lap times and a g-meter as well as turbo boost pressure, gearbox temperature, torque, power and AWD torque split.

The g-meter can be set to record acceleration over three key measures: 0-62 mph, 50-75 mph and a standing quarter mile. Expect to achieve the first of those in 4.6 seconds in Race mode, which preconditions the turbo to keep it spinning even under partial load, delivering torque more immediately. Top speed is a heady 167 mph. Comfort, Sport, Individual and Eco settings are also available, mapping performance and handling characteristics to suit the driver’s desires.

VW Golf R 3

The 2025 Golf R’s street cred is enhanced by new LED headlights and bumper treatment, matt chrome mirror housings, side skirts, silver anodised roof rails and rear dominated by a whopper of a wing, gloss black diffuser and four exhaust pipes. There’ll also be a stealthy Black Edition available and wagon fans will be thrilled to know that a Golf R estate is coming too.

UK prices haven’t been revealed yet but German Golf lovers can pick up an R from €53,795.

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