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News Volkswagen Introduces Limited-Run Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition

Volkswagen Introduces Limited-Run Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition

The new Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition celebrates 20 years of high-performance AWD Golfs


  • Only 1,800 will be offered for sale.

  • Standard features will include gloss black 19-inch wheels and genuine carbon fiber interior accents.

  • Best part: sunroof delete.


The first Golf R, the now legendary Golf R32 was introduced back in 2002 in Europe. What made the car special at the time, and still does today, was the included AWD system. To commemorate two decades of R goodness, Volkswagen introduces the 20th Anniversary Edition Golf R.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

Many elements made the R32 stand out 20 years ago. The beefed-up Golf featured a unique body kit, superb multi-spoke alloy wheels, the delicious 3.2-litre VR6 engine, and 4MOTION AWD. The car was an instant hit thanks to its looks, performance, and exclusivity. And it positioned itself as the king of hot hatches.

“Twenty years is a significant milestone for the R performance brand of models, and we’re excited to share in a global celebration of two decades of R32 and Golf R heritage,” said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy. “Being the first official worldwide special model for the Golf R, it was important to include our North American Volkswagen performance hatch enthusiasts in this birthday party for the Golf R brand.”

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

To mark the milestone, Volkswagen of America will offer 1,800 20th Anniversary Edition Golf R for sale. The car will be delivered without the standard sunroof, gloss black 19-inch Estoril wheels fitted with 235/35 summer performance tires, and painted either in Lapiz Blue Metallic, Deep Black Pearl, and Pure White. Unique touches include mirror colours. The mirror caps are finished in Lapiz Blue on Pure White and Deep Black vehicles, while on those painted in Lapiz Blue, the mirror caps are gloss black. In all cases, the puddle lights project “20 R” onto the pavement below. Finally, 20th Anniversary badges tastefully adorn the B-pillars.

The 20th Anniversary Edition Golf R will continue to be powered by the turbocharged 315-horsepower EA888 evo4 TSI engine. Transmission choices will be set between a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system and the advanced DCC adaptive damping will both be included.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

The 20th Anniversary Edition will go on sale in this fall and will have a US MSRP of $44,940 for the manual transmission model and $45,740 for the 7-speed DSG.

Canadian details to come shortly.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20th Anniversary Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

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