A new rear differential gives Mk 8 Golf R drift mode
Will also come with Nurburgring handling mode
Volkswagen is giving the 2022 Golf R a new all-wheel drive system that can handle the car’s newfound power. The high-tech new system gets torque vectoring on the rear axle, adding a “track-only” drift mode that was developed and tested on the Nürburgring.
For the MK VIII Golf R, Volkswagen is upping the game of the 4Motion drive system. Prior generations sent up to 50 percent of power to the back axle, but it was split evenly to each side no matter what through the differential. This new system has a pair of multi-plate clutches in the rear differential that can decide to send up to 100 percent of the torque sent to the rear wheels to its choice of left or right rear tires.
Linked to the Vehicle Dynamics Manager system that also controls the electronic differential locks and the DCC adaptive dampers in the Volkswagen Golf R, the system can decide to use a single wheel brake to help turning performance, but it can also decide in milliseconds to send more power to the wheel that’s needed to help reduce understeer or rein in oversteer.
The torque vectoring system also allows for the new Drift Mode, where the 2022 Golf R sends all of the rearward torque to the outside rear wheel. VW doesn’t specify how much torque is sent to the rear, so we’re expecting it’s still half as in the old system. That makes it more like the drift mode of the Ford Focus RS (that could send up to 70 percent of power rearward and then all of that to either side) rather than those offered in current BMW and Mercedes-AMG models that can send 100 percent of torque to the rear wheels.
Volkswagen says it will ask you to confirm you want Drift each time it’s selected, which seems like a smart decision. There will also be a new Special setting that is specially configured for the Nürburgring that balances track modes with softer damping settings which likely will make it the best on-road quick-driving mode.