2022 Volkswagen Golf R Is Most Powerful Production Golf Ever, Retains Manual

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Reader, I have a confession to make: I saw that Volkswagen finally unveiled the Volkswagen Golf R 2022 last night around 6:30 p.m., but I did not act on this news, because [vaguely gestures]. Although I laughed, this VW thought unveiling this car at this point in history was a great idea.

There was an American presidential election, you see, the outcome of which we do not yet know. But now that I’ve caught my breath a bit, I can catch up with everyone with the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R, which will produce the claimed 235 kW with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which Volkswagen says is the most popular Golf. powerful of all time. All-wheel drive will be standard, although VW also claims to have a “world-first” system that will see all-wheel drive (called 4Motion) interact with electronic differential locks and the damping system.

Basically the car will send power to the different wheels as it sees fit, which won’t do much for straight-line speed but will make it more grippy in the corners.

More on this from Volkswagen:

A newly developed rear differential distributes power variably between the front and rear axles – and, now, between the left and right rear wheels. The differential in the 4Motion drive system normally transfers power in a 50:50 ratio via a multi-plate clutch to the left and right rear wheels, even when the differential allows them to turn at different speeds in corners. However, the new 4Motion all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring can also variably distribute torque between the two rear wheels, up to 100% being able to be directed to the wheel on the outside of the turn. This reduces the turn radius and helps eliminate understeer. This leads to significantly more agile handling than its predecessor.

And here’s a little more from VW on the ‘world first’ system, called Vehicle Dynamics Manager:

In the Golf R, the intelligent system not only tightly integrates Electronic Differential Locks (XDS) and the cornering performance of the DCC system, but also, for the first time, the 4Motion all-wheel drive system during every driving maneuver. In this process, adapting the individual wheel damping (200 times per second) can help a particularly agile and precise ride.

The Vehicle Dynamics Manager also allows precise calculation of the optimum clutch control for the Selective Wheel Torque Control function to further optimize the agility and stability of the Golf R. In parallel, a brake intervention Targeting the vehicle side inside a further turn reduces understeer in the transition and limit ranges. Traction is improved by increased lock-up of Selective Wheel Torque Control, and the vehicle’s handling is slightly more biased towards the rear.

The program can also help optimize yaw damping and high-speed load changes. Since the Vehicle Dynamics Manager now monitors the car’s handling on every turn, it is able to specifically correct any understeer or oversteer. For example: if the early application of the accelerator in a turn causes the Golf R to understeer too much in a turn, the vehicle dynamics manager closes the selective wheel torque control clutch on the wheel located outside the bend. The result: a yaw moment is generated on the rear axle, which turns the Golf R neutral in the turn and reduces understeer.

Horsepower rating is 27 horsepower more than the outgoing Golf R, and VW says it gets a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 249 km / h. The manual will also still be offered as the catch rates in the US are actually a bit impressive. Autoblog got more details from VW:

We learned that sending the manual to the automotive ash pile was not an option in the United States, as around 40% of R and GTI buyers order their cars with three pedals.

“We fought extremely hard to keep [the manual transmission]. There are other brands in the US that are slowly but steadily starting to phase out manuals, but we insisted on keeping them. It’s important, it’s a driver’s car, ”Hein Schafer, senior vice president of production marketing and company strategy, told Autoblog.

VW hasn’t released pricing information, but you can expect it to start at around US $ 40,000 ($ 55,872), like its predecessor did. The Golf R, as always, is for GTI enthusiasts with slightly better jobs. This car will be edgy and have a blast on the track. Volkswagen may have given up on making money in the US for now, but as long as they bring the manual Golf R, things are going well.

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