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Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – the quickest Golf R across the Nürburgring – EAST AUTO NEWS

Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – the quickest Golf R across the Nürburgring


Volkswagen is placing the ending touches on its new range-topping Golf R 20 Years, a particular version constructed to have fun, you guessed it, 20 years of the R badge showing on a Golf. It has already set a lap time across the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife, setting the quickest time but in a Golf R, however lap instances aren’t the component we’re interested by on this new particular. That’s as a result of evo’s had a considerably advanced relationship with the eighth technology VW Golf, and particularly the Golf R. We’ve felt it has fallen a way brief, not simply of being a reliable top-of-the-line scorching hatchback, but in addition of being a worthy alternative for its wonderful predecessor.

So it got here as excellent information again in Might that Volkswagen had one thing up its sleeve, ensuing on this Golf R 20 Years, which incorporates a vary of delicate updates that we’re hoping will make the Mk8 Golf realise its full potential. These begin below the bonnet, the place the identical turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine has been given an additional enhance with the next peak energy determine of 328bhp – a 12bhp enhance over the present mannequin. Torque figures have but to be confirmed and it’s the identical story with official efficiency figures, however we count on the 20 Years particular to enhance on the usual Golf R’s 4.7sec 0-62mph time.

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Alongside the additional energy, VW has additionally been engaged on bettering the engine’s character, giving it an aggressive edge that’s been lacking within the present technology. One technique employed is a brand new mode for the turbo, which retains the throttle valve open below half throttle, holding greater enhance pressures for longer and bettering the engine’s responsiveness. Consider it as an electronically managed anti-lag system. There’s additionally a brand new ‘Emotional Begin’ operate that flares the revs to 2500rpm on chilly begin, projecting the sound with the assistance of an elective Akrapovic exhaust system.

The seven-speed DSG has additionally gained some new software program that ought to ship quicker and crisper shifts, however any adjustments to the 4Motion all-wheel drive system or the torque-vectoring differential located on the rear axle have but to be confirmed. We do know that the usual match 19-inch wheels (that are optionally obtainable in a fetching shade of Lapiz Blue) may also be optioned with 235/35 R19 91Y Michelin Cup 2 rubber – though VW UK’s hesitancy to suit this type of aggressive tyre alternative straight from the manufacturing facility makes it unclear if we’ll see them on UK automobiles. 

On mentioned rubber, Volkswagen has lapped its new Golf R 20 Years across the Nürburgring Nordschleife setting a 7:47.31 time that makes it faster than any earlier Golf R, and solely a whisker behind the earlier front-wheel drive lap record-breaking GTI Clubsport S, which did the loop in 7:47.19 again in December 2016.  

Visually, the Golf R Efficiency Pack’s taller rear wing is the one bodily change apart from these fetching blue wheels, though there may be some bespoke R 20 badging on the rear bumper and door pillar garnish. Inside VW has fitted actual carbonfibre trim parts, however don’t get your hopes up in the event you’re eager to see the Golf GTI Clubsport S’s sensible Recaro buckets. 

Costs and ultimate UK specs are nonetheless to be confirmed, however the German market has priced the mannequin at €59,995 (£51k at present alternate charges). Whereas ultimate specs will range, German fashions are nonetheless missing some key {hardware} together with the DCC adaptive dampers, whereas Cup 2s are on the official choices listing in addition to the titanium Akrapovic exhaust. Manufacturing numbers are usually not anticipated to be restricted, however the manufacturing timescale will probably be, with affirmation that the automotive will solely be constructed till the center of 2023.

Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – the quickest Golf R across the Nürburgring – EAST AUTO NEWS
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