2025 Volkswagen Golf R Photos, engines & full specs

Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  
Production years: 2024

VOLKSWAGEN Golf R 2024 47 Photos
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Volkswagen refreshed the eighth generation of the Golf in 2024, and besides the regular models that filled many parking lots, the German car manufacturer also upgraded the most potent version of the family, the R.

The Golf is credited for being the first true hot-hatch in automotive history, even though some might argue with that. Nevertheless, it was the best-selling hot-hatch, which gave the Golf 1 a special status when it came out in the ‘70s. Fast forward to the ‘90s, and the shiny crown of the Golf GTI was attacked by other automakers such as Honda, Renault, and Opel, to name just a few. Then, Volkswagen fought back by introducing the Golf R. At first, it was the 2003 R32, followed by other R-branded versions. However, the automaker understood that in order to be successful, it had to use smaller engines, not a V6 like the R32. As a result, ever since the 2006 model year, the Golf R has been powered by a turbocharged inline-four powerplant fitted with an all-wheel drive system. Over the years, the power increased from 270 PS (266 hp) to the 2024 Golf R, which boasted 333 PS (328 hp).

One of the reasons why the Golf R was highly appreciated was because it wasn’t shy about showing its muscles. The car’s front fascia looked ready to dominate the roads and looked more aggressive than any of its stablemates. It featured standard Matrix LED headlights with an option for the IQLights system made by Volkswagen. These were visually connected via an illuminated stripe interrupted in the middle to make room for the brand’s badge, which was also illuminated. On the lower side of the bumper, the automaker placed a unique apron featuring a black broad grille split in three. It was fully functional, helped the vehicle cool the engine, and created air curtains to lower the car’s CD.

From its profile, the lower ground clearance than the rest of its siblings was obtained via the standard adaptive suspension system. To further emphasize the car’s sporty orientation, Volkswagen offered the 2025 Golf R with standard 18-inch alloy wheels while a set of 19-inch forged ones was also available. On the one hand, Volkswagen tried to make the vehicle’s profile look understated. It didn’t put flared wheel arches or significantly different side sills. On the other hand, it added some unique features at the back of the vehicle. Besides the roof spoiler, it installed a reshaped bumper featuring a broad diffuser that integrated the car’s four exhausts.

Inside, customers found materials different from those of other Golfs of the same 8.5 generation. The car featured soft-touch areas on the door cards and dashboard, plus real carbon fiber inserts. In addition, the 2025 Volkswagen Golf R had sports seats with integrated headrests, fabric centers, and microfiber outer materials. The automaker also embroidered the R logo on them. Fronting the driver was a three-spoke sports steering wheel with touch buttons and paddle shifters behind. Inside the instrument cluster, the automaker included a standard display, while a 13-inch touchscreen placed atop the center stack controlled the media system and other functions of the car. The center console between the front seats housed the gear selector and a few other buttons that controlled driving modes. In the back, it was a regular Golf with a nice upholstery that echoed the front seats.

Under its skin, the 2025 Volkswagen Golf R had a reworked drivetrain compared to other Golf versions. The two-liter turbocharged engine was the same as on the previous version, albeit tuned to produce 13 PS (12 hp) more than its predecessor. Unlike the 2022 model year, the 2025 Golf R came equipped with a standard seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox, while the six-speed manual was no longer available.

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  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0L 4MOTION 7AT AWD (333 HP)

2.0L 4MOTION 7AT AWD (333 HP)

Displacement:1984 cm3
Power:244.9 KW @ - RPM
333 HP @ - RPM
328 BHP @ - RPM
Torque:310 lb-ft @ - RPM
420 Nm @ - RPM
Fuel System:Turbocharged Direct Injection
Top Speed:155 mph (249 km/h)
Drive Type:All Wheel Drive
Gearbox:7-speed automatic DSG
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Ventilated Discs
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