2022 Volkswagen Golf R Release Date, Price, Specs

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The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R release date is finally on the horizon. What's there to get excited about? A whole lot. For the performance lovers, brace yourselves for new levels of driving fun. That's only half the story, as the Golf R also brings with it a healthy dose of sophisticated comfort, advanced tech, and many desirable features. Think of it as a stylish daily driver with plenty of grown-up luxury. When the weekend hits, that business suit comes off, and the Golf R will throw down with the latest sports cars.

We'll get into just how powerful a drive the 2022 Golf R offers, but first, here's some background on where the model started:

Technically, it started in 2002 with the wicked Golf R32. But, as we know it, the Golf R was brought over to America for the first time in 2015. Taking the engine in the Golf GTI to new power levels, the Golf R was a small and snappy all-wheel-drive (AWD) monster, fighting toe-to-toe with the best hot hatchbacks on the market. The Golf R disappeared from the lineup in 2019, and the performance wars have heated up since then. Now, the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R release date is poised to bring more competitive virtues than ever before.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Specs and Performance

That competitive boost starts with the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R horsepower levels. When it left us, the 2019 Golf R was powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumping out 288 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque. Still a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, the 2022 Golf R now lets loose 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. While on par with competitors before, the 2022 Golf R now eclipses their power output. The Golf R also astounds with throttle response and linear power delivery, allowing for a smooth yet forceful hit of acceleration whenever you demand it.

The second calling card of the Golf R was brilliant handling. The handling is better than ever with standard 4MOTION® AWD, a revised Vehicle Dynamics Manager, an advanced rear differential with rear torque-vectoring, variable-ratio steering, and beefy cross-drilled brake rotors. It gets even better still with suspension dampers that can be electronically adjusted to 15 positions, and standard drive modes to dial it in to your liking. With the R-Performance package expected to be standard on American Golf R models, you'll also get a Special mode developed for the Nürburgring and a hilariously fun Drift Mode for sideways action — safely, in a private space, of course.

Delighting the old-school enthusiasts, a six-speed manual is standard. A seven-speed DSG dual-clutch auto is available for shockingly fast and efficient shifting. Overall, you can expect a 0-60 mph time of approximately 4.3 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Interior Practicality and Features

Like what you get with our VW Golf GTI lease deals, the 2022 Golf R is a practical daily driver first and foremost. The sporty thrills may make you forget that, but a spacious 20 cubic foot cargo space certainly won't. While not yet rated by the EPA, fuel economy is expected to be better than the 2019 Golf R, which achieved an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway.1 We'll report back on this when the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R release date arrives.

Refined and advanced — that's how we describe the interior design and features. Exclusive to the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, snug and secure bucket seats keep you in place and stand out with Nappa leather upholstery, and custom "R" badging. You'll find a 10.2-inch digital cockpit display, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and many more advanced features like 30-color ambient lighting. Competitive driver-assists are also expected to come standard.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Price

Starting with the base price, the 2022 Golf R is expected to carry a starting MSRP of $44,640. As for options, the seven-speed DSG transmission is all that we know for now. As for the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R colors, expect options like Lapiz Blue Metallic, Pure White, and Deep Black Pearl — all of which happen to look gorgeous.

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Release Date

As of right now, we can't tell you a specific date of arrival. Volkswagen claims by the fourth quarter of 2021, we'll see it arrive, but only time will tell for sure. In the meantime, you can experience affordable VW hot-hatch greatness with a used Volkswagen Golf GTI for sale.

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The latest VW Golf builds on a history that started in 1974; we've built our dealership on a history that started in 1971. Both our dealership and the Golf have stayed faithful to our original commitment to excellence in all aspects and are better than ever today. So whether you want to learn more about the 2022 Golf R, service your current vehicle, or just browse around, stop by Jim Ellis Volkswagen Kennesaw and experience service with a difference.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R be available?

As of this moment, we do not have an officially confirmed 2022 Volkswagen Golf R release date to tell you about. Volkswagen did set forward an estimated arrival during the fourth quarter of 2021, but we do not know when precisely this will be. What we do know is that we're beyond excited to see it join our fleet.

How much will the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R cost?

Further details on pricing will follow the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R release date, but right now, we know it will arrive with a starting MSRP of $44,640. Options like a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic will raise that in turn, along with taxes, dealer fees, and other factors.

What is the difference between the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R?

The differences between a Golf GTI and Golf R start with the looks. A GTI makes a splash with sporty accents, while the Golf R is subtler, almost like a "sleeper" performance car. We say that because the Golf R has more power, tweaking the engine of the GTI to new levels is the second difference. The third major difference is the drivetrain, as the GTI uses a front-wheel-drive layout only, while the Golf R is exclusively all-wheel drive. Further details like interior trim also set them apart.


1EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.


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