The Golf R

The powerful one

It’s good when technology moves forward.
Even better when it races ahead


From the racetrack to the road: thanks to the precise interplay between perfectly coordinated drive and running gear components, the Golf R offers an impressive driving experience. The powerful TSI engine with turbocharged technology, combined with the 4MOTION permanent all-wheel drive and 7-speed DSG gearbox, ensures maximum enjoyment behind the wheel. It's like it was made for motor sports.

The powerful one. The Golf R

Exterior design

A Golf R through and through. Killer looks meets high performance ensuring the Golf R has a striking and powerful presence.

When technology doesn't just progress, but races forward

The Golf R shows how quickly technology is developing. The Golf R combines a true passion for motorsports with impressive performance and equipment.



Perfect grip: the 4MOTION all-wheel drive

Water, ice, bumpy surfaces? No worries. The 4MOTION four-wheel drive in your Golf R ensures the engine’s power is distributed across all four wheels where necessary. This prevents spinning wheels and blockages and your sports car gains more traction on almost any surface. Combined with the 7-speed DSG gearbox, it accelerates efficiently without losing traction in a wide range of situations.



With the Golf R, you're in pole position on the racetrack, too. Its crowning glory is a 228 kW (400Nm) engine with TSI turbocharger technology which knows how to exert its power on the tarmac. Thanks to direct injection and smart turbocharging, as well as a remarkable torque, the powertrain ensures breathtaking performance and an impressive driving experience.

Launch Control

Launch Control

The racetrack is practically made for your Golf R. You’ll notice by the time you’ve experienced breathtaking acceleration and pure goosebumps with Launch Control at the start. Particularly if you switch off Electronic Stability Control. Then you’ll have control of the vehicle even when it's at its limits.

Adaptive Chassis Control

Adaptive Chassis Control

Fast or relaxed – with the adaptive chassis control DCC, you can adapt the running gear to your own driving style and the road surface. With driving profile selection, it's easy. At the touch of a button or via your infotainment system’s touchscreen. With the extra Race mode developed for the Golf R, you can take motorsport onto the road.

Performance Interface

Performance Interface

The Performance Interface gives you deep insight into the technology and provides information on your Golf R’s performance, so you can get the maximum out of it. It shows current engine values like boost gauge and G-meter or the current performance direct right on the screen of your infotainment system. On the racetrack, the lap timer measures lap times and displays current longitudinal and lateral acceleration.



Performance you can feel

The interior design takes it easy with the exterior and creates the perfect motorsport feeling. A modern cockpit, sports front bucket seats with Vienna leather appointed upholstery*, high-quality leather details and a strong R logo complete the sporty look.

- "Piano Black" decorative inserts (Drive side, dashboard and centre console)
- Interior ambient lighting
- Climatronic two zone air conditioning system
- Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function and lumbar support


The racing line. Even in the design

With its dynamic shape and sporty details, the Golf R has an exciting look:

- Front: Black underlay LED headlights with daytime running light and dynamic cornering light, Golf R exclusive front bumper with sports air intake.

- Side: Sill extension in black gloss, R logo on side panels and boot lid, mirror covers in matt chrome or optionally available in carbon or black gloss.

- Rear: Bumper with R-specific diffuser in black gloss, LED tail lamps in dark red 3D with running indicators.

Infotainment & Connectivity

Active Info Display

See exactly the information you like to see

Classic speedometer or high-resolution navigation map? With the Active Info Display with its sporty R look, you can have both at the same time. You can also access various information profiles, where you can find out even more driving data, as well as the classic displays such as the speedometer, rev counter and mileage recorder. This is quick and intuitive with the multifunction sports steering wheel.

- High-resolution 12.3 in TFT-LED colour display
- Different views available
- Visual display of various driver assist system


Use your apps in your Volkswagen as well

Access your smartphone’s screen, selected apps, maps, and music through App-Connect on your car's touchscreen. You can do this thanks to three innovative technologies: Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink® interfaces. The App-Connect allows you to conveniently use selected apps and content right in your Volkswagen, that is easier than ever. 


Blind Spot Monitor incl. Rear Traffic Alert

Blind Spot Monitor incl. Rear Traffic Alert

The standard Blind Spot sensor warns you about vehicles in your blind spot using an LED indicator in the exterior mirror. And if you still attempt to change lanes despite the warning, it starts to flash to attract more attention. The integrated Rear Traffic Alert warn you if any vehicles start to approach when you are reversing out of a parking space. If you fail to respond to its warning, the system can 'prevent' a collision by applying the brake.

Front Assist with City Emergency Brake

Front Assist with City Emergency Brake

The standard Front Assist with City Emergency Brake and Pedestrian Monitoring can warn you in the event of critical situations, support you with braking or even automatically apply the brake in an emergency.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control lets you set the speed you want to travel and the gap you want to allow between you and the car in front, making life easier on long journeys.

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