Automotive

Volkswagen introduces new Golf GTI and Golf R at Chicago Auto Show

Volkswagen introduces new Golf...
Debuting live at the Chicago Auto Show 2021, the 2022 Golf GTI has a new body style and more power under the hood
Debuting live at the Chicago Auto Show 2021, the 2022 Golf GTI has a new body style and more power under the hood
View 15 Images
Debuting live at the Chicago Auto Show 2021, the 2022 Golf GTI has a new body style and more power under the hood
1/15
Debuting live at the Chicago Auto Show 2021, the 2022 Golf GTI has a new body style and more power under the hood
Like the GTI, the 2022 Golf R debuted at the Chicago Auto Show 2021 to bring a new generation to the hot hatch pair
2/15
Like the GTI, the 2022 Golf R debuted at the Chicago Auto Show 2021 to bring a new generation to the hot hatch pair
A 10-inch driver information display and similarly-sized infotainment display are interior features for the new 2022 Golf
3/15
A 10-inch driver information display and similarly-sized infotainment display are interior features for the new 2022 Golf
The digital instrument cluster in the 2022 Golf GTI and R models can be configured to show performance and other metrics
4/15
The digital instrument cluster in the 2022 Golf GTI and R models can be configured to show performance and other metrics
A six-speed manual transmission remains standard on the new Golf GTI and R models
5/15
A six-speed manual transmission remains standard on the new Golf GTI and R models
Keeping three-pedal driving alive, the hot hatch duo from Volkswagen are the halo cars for manual transmissions at VW
6/15
Keeping three-pedal driving alive, the hot hatch duo from Volkswagen are the halo cars for manual transmissions at VW
Rear seating in the compact Golf hatchbacks remains cramped, but functional
7/15
Rear seating in the compact Golf hatchbacks remains cramped, but functional
The 2022 VW Golf GTI now boasts 241 horsepower, 17 more than the previous generation
8/15
The 2022 VW Golf GTI now boasts 241 horsepower, 17 more than the previous generation
The distinctive X-shaped LED fog lamps on the Golf GTI and Golf R models are a new addition
9/15
The distinctive X-shaped LED fog lamps on the Golf GTI and Golf R models are a new addition
"The previous Golf GTI and Golf R models were widely regarded as the best hot hatches you could buy, but the Mark 8 versions up the ante," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America
10/15
"The previous Golf GTI and Golf R models were widely regarded as the best hot hatches you could buy, but the Mark 8 versions up the ante," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America
The hood of the Golf GTI and R is lower and more raked, creating a thinner front fascia and faster pace
11/15
The hood of the Golf GTI and R is lower and more raked, creating a thinner front fascia and faster pace
Wheelbases on both cars remain unchanged from the previous generation, at 103.6 inches for Golf GTI and 103.5 for Golf R
12/15
Wheelbases on both cars remain unchanged from the previous generation, at 103.6 inches for Golf GTI and 103.5 for Golf R
The latest iteration of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection TSI engine is found in both US-bound 2022 Golf models
13/15
The latest iteration of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection TSI engine is found in both US-bound 2022 Golf models
Quad exhaust tips are defining features of the 2022 Golf R model
14/15
Quad exhaust tips are defining features of the 2022 Golf R model
Both the 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R models enter the US market in Q4 of 2021
15/15
Both the 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R models enter the US market in Q4 of 2021
View gallery - 15 images

Volkswagen has introduced the eighth generation of the Golf hot hatch models, the GTI and the R. These "Mark 8" models feature an updated engine, new vehicle dynamics settings, and a new electronics architecture – alongside a higher price tag. Staying is the manual transmission option for both.

The Mk8 Golf GTI and Golf R debuted at the Chicago Auto Show as 2022 model year offerings for the North American market. New designs for both cars add performance and functionality. The GTI model begins at US$29,545 in its base (of three) trim levels while the R model will sell for $43,645 in a single trim point.

Both models feature a newly-tuned 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, with an output of 241 horsepower (180 kW) and 315 HP (235 kW) respectively for the GTI and R models. This pairs with either a six-speed manual transmission (standard) or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The Golf R features all-wheel drive as standard, with the ability to send up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear axle, as before.

Now, however, 100 percent of an axle’s torque can be sent to one wheel via a newly upgraded torque vectoring system. The rear axle of the R features multi-plate clutches on the rear axle for torque distribution. Power is apportioned based on speed, power application, yaw, and other metrics. In a typical corner, for example, the system will direct more power to the outside wheel, to reduce the cornering radius and improve stability.

The latest iteration of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection TSI engine is found in both US-bound 2022 Golf models
The latest iteration of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection TSI engine is found in both US-bound 2022 Golf models

The new body design for the Golf models is slightly longer, but retains the styling marks of its predecessors with the distinctive C-pillar and signature Golf "square edge" bodywork. The hood is lower and more raked, creating a thinner front fascia and faster pace to the cars. LED headlights and an available grille lightbar add to that look. The honeycombed lower grille is accented by X-shaped fog lamps on either side that also match the X-shaped rear tail lamps. GTI models retain the golfball shifter on the manual’s knob and plaid seating (now in Scalepaper tartan) as standard.

Golf R models will be differentiated with a blue grille line, blue brake calipers, a unique wheel design, and more aggressive bumpers and diffusers. A two-piece rear spoiler, side sill extensions, and a quad-tipped exhaust complete the look. Both the GTI and R have unique paint options, with seven for the GTI and three for the R.

In both the GTI and R a new 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro display is standard, incorporating most of the expected features of an infotainment system as well as driver-assistance feature toggles and car status information, including driving information. Upgrading to the Discover Pro edition adds navigation and the ability to place the navigation map into the driver’s information cluster as well as or instead of the center display.

A 10-inch driver information display and similarly-sized infotainment display are interior features for the new 2022 Golf
A 10-inch driver information display and similarly-sized infotainment display are interior features for the new 2022 Golf

Volkswagen is also offering a complete suite of driver assistance technologies for the Golf GTI and Golf R, including semi-automated driving and parking options. Advanced safety features such as forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring are also included.

VW is aiming to have the new 2022 Golf models in US dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Source: Volkswagen

View gallery - 15 images
4 comments
4 comments
guzmanchinky
One of the most important cars in the world. Looks amazing...
WB
Tesla is so going to eat their lunch every day and twice on Sunday once their Gigafactory Dreadnought is spitting out Model 3's.. it will run circles around this dinosaur and they will do to the germans what Tesla did to the luxury segment in the USA where they grabbed half the market over night. It will be a blood bath and the traditional mfgs in Germany have to hold on hard to not go out of business...
Lowell
If it isn't electric it isn't relevant. I won't even consider hybrid.
Lowell
Let's cheer for internal combustion engines.
"Civilization Could Collapse By 2040, New Research Validates Old MIT Study" 'Toward the year 2040, food production, population, industrial output and all other categories would take a steep decline while pollution skyrockets.' source International Business Times