Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – UK pricing confirmed at £48,095
Volkswagen has confirmed pricing of its new range-topping Golf R 20 Years, costing £48,095 within the UK which is £5400 greater than a base Golf R that now retails from £42,695. After all, for the additional outlay the R 20 Years features a bunch of normally non-compulsory extras together with the bigger 19-inch wheel possibility and Efficiency Pack, not forgetting its delicate energy bump and bespoke trim.
Nevertheless, UK automobiles (like different markets) will nonetheless cost additional for a set of adaptive dampers (an £850 possibility), and even issues like a rear-view digital camera. The £3500 Akrapovic exhaust system can be nonetheless non-compulsory, so too a head-up show or heated seats and a heated steering wheel (bundled right into a Winter Pack), which means that now it is attainable to specify a Golf R to almost £58,000 with sufficient packing containers ticked. Nevertheless, whatever the choices you go for, what you will be shopping for is the quickest Golf but.
The Golf R 20 Years has already set a lap time across the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife, recording the quickest time but in an R, however a quick lap time is not the component we’re interested by on this new particular.
That is as a result of this Golf R 20 Years contains a vary of delicate updates that we’re hoping will make the Mk8 realise its full potential. These updates begin beneath the bonnet, the place the identical turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder engine has been given an additional enhance with a better peak energy determine of 328bhp – a 12bhp enhance over the present mannequin. It is 310lb ft torque determine is unchanged, however the small bump in bhp has yielded a 0.1sec discount within the 0-62mph time which is now rated at 4.6sec; high pace is 167mph.
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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 era. One technique employed is a brand new mode for the turbo, which retains the throttle valve open beneath half throttle, holding larger 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 non-compulsory Akrapovic exhaust system.
The seven-speed DSG has additionally gained some new software program that ought to ship sooner 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 accessible in a fetching shade of Lapiz Blue) can be optioned with 235/35 R19 91Y Michelin Cup 2 rubber – though VW UK’s hesitancy to suit this kind 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’s some bespoke R 20 badging on the rear bumper and door pillar garnish. Inside VW has fitted actual carbonfibre trim components, however don’t get your hopes up in the event you’re desirous to see the Golf GTI Clubsport S’s good Recaro buckets.
Manufacturing numbers usually are not anticipated to be restricted, however the manufacturing timescale can be, with affirmation that the automobile will solely be constructed till the center of 2023.