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Volkswagen R Introduces the 20th Anniversary Golf R

We would have liked for Volkswagen to recognize the Rallye Golf as the first R but we’re not really complaining


  • Horsepower rises to 328 from the standard 315.

  • The first official Golf R was the MK4 R32 launched in 2022.

  • The 20th Anniversary Golf R also gets a few other tweaks.


Volkswagen fans are lucky as the automaker continues to offer some of the best-driving sport compact cars available for purchase today. While the GTI is celebrating 46 years of driving excellence, the slightly younger yet more potent Golf R is turning 20 in 2022.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

To commemorate 20 years of power and AWD goodness, Volkswagen has tuned the MK8 Golf R to deliver a little bit more of everything. Via optimized engine tuning, the R’s turbocharged 2.0-litre produces 328 horsepower, up from 315. The engine and optional DSG transmission have also been updated for improved responsiveness and performance. The extra oomph lowers the 0-100km/h time to 4.6 seconds from 4.7 seconds.

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Among other changes, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years Edition gets what VW calls Emotion Start which revs the engine to 2,500 rpm upon start-up. Visually, the car earns “20” badges, available blue surface finish 19-inch Estoril alloy wheels and genuine carbon fibre trim indoors.

It’s likely the Golf R 20 Years Edition will not come to Canada or the US, just like the MK2 Rallye Golf which was never officially sold on our continent.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years Edition | Photo: Volkswagen

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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