Sat. Jul 2nd, 2022

Snapshot

  • Golf R 20 Years celebrates two decades since the R32 was launched
  • Limited-run cars available in blue with black wheels, or white with blue wheels
  • Australian launched confirmed for third quarter

The Volkswagen Golf R is turning 20, and Wolfsburg reckons that’s worth celebrating with a limited-run variant of its hot hatch.

Starting in 2002 with the Mk4 Golf R32, the ‘R’ badge has been stuck on Volkswagen’s hottest Golfs ever since, running through five generations of the hatchback up to, and including, the latest Mk8.

Two decades down the line, Volkswagen has launched a special edition variant of the Golf R to celebrate. Simply called the ‘Golf R 20 Years’, it’s based on the current-generation five-door, retaining its EA888 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, but with an extra kick – now producing 10kW more power to increase its outputs to 245kW and 420Nm.

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As with all Golf Rs, an all-wheel drive system will distribute the power to the four wheels, delivered through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The increase in power nips one-tenth of a second off the Golf R Performance pack’s 4.7-second 0-100km / h sprint time, although its top speed of 270km / h is likely to be unchanged and governed by an electronic limiter.

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While 20 Years examples finished in lapiz blue retain the ‘Estoril’ black 19-inch wheel design, those ordered in pure white score gloss blue rim faces, as well as blue mirror caps.

B-pillars now gain ’20’ badges, which complement the ’20 R ‘puddle light projection shown off when opening the front doors.

Although European buyers get the usually-optional Akrapovic exhaust as standard, it’s unclear as to whether the louder back-box will be available to Australian customers given it’s not a part of Volkswagen’s local parts catalog.

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Inside, the cabin changes are minimal, with larger, and easier to reach, shifter paddles behind the steering wheel – paired with a host of carbon fiber trimmings in the dash and door cards.

For those with a dislike of their neighbors, an ‘Emotion Start’ setting lets the Golf R 20 Years rev up to 2500rpm on start-up – a party trick which has been developed alongside a more aggressive software map for the car’s gearbox, providing a more noticeable feel when going up through the gears.

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Volkswagen Australia has confirmed to ENGINE the 20 Years edition will come to the local market in the third quarter of this year (July to September inclusive), albeit in slightly different spec to those seen overseas.

No price has been provided yet, but expect it to go on sale above the $ 65,990 (before on-roads) cost commanded by its standard R sibling.

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