Volkswagen Golf R: Long Overdue Update of the Golf R!

Volkswagen Golf R: Long Overdue Update of the Golf R!

Blue VW Golf R parked at an angle on a racetrack
Volkswagen Golf R, an updated look for 2025.
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Volkswagen has unveiled the 2025 Golf R and Golf R Variant, marking the latest evolution in the Golf R lineup with optimized driving dynamics and exclusive equipment. The new Golf R models are based on the eighth generation of the Golf, which received significant updates this year. The exterior design reflects this dynamism with redesigned front features, including LED Plus headlights, an illuminated VW badge, and air curtains in the bumper. At the rear, the models boast new LED tail light clusters. Additionally, the new 19-inch “Warmenau” forged wheels are available as an optional extra, offering a clean design, efficient brake cooling, and a weight of just eight kilograms per rim, which is particularly advantageous for track driving. 

Side profile shot of a blue 2025 Golf R on an empty racetrack
Updated look for the Golf R, featuring refreshed body lines, wheel upgrades & special editions!
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Both models are powered by a robust 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers an impressive output of 328HP/333 PS (245 kW) and 420 Nm of torque. The standard top speed of 250 km/h can be increased to 270 km/h with the optional R-Performance package, making these the fastest Volkswagen production cars, alongside the Arteon R Shooting Brake.

Closeup shot of an engine bay of a blue VW car
The heart of the Golf R, the trusty 2.0L Turbocharged 4 cylinder!
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The interior of the Golf R is ergonomically designed with an “R” style, featuring top sports seats with integrated head restraints. An optional black nappa leather interior with carbon-look elements and blue applications in the side area is available, complete with an “R logo” in the seat backrest. Real carbon interior applications are also available as an option, emphasizing the high-quality, exclusive design of the new Golf R.

Interior of VW car with black leather and blue stitching
Digital cluster, large infotainment system, subtle carbon fiber inlays. VW’s got some style!
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Volkswagen R has a rich history of producing high-performance models, beginning with the legendary Golf R32 in 2002. The Golf R’s success story is marked by its combination of enhanced performance and expressive design, which has garnered enthusiasm from Volkswagen fans worldwide. Over the years, the Golf R and its successors have sold well over 250,000 units, cementing its status as a premium performance brand.

Black VW Golf R Black edition parked on a racetrack
Variant for the 2025 Golf R — Golf R Black Edition
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The 2025 Volkswagen Golf R and Golf R Variant represent the pinnacle of the Golf lineup, offering cutting-edge performance, advanced technology, and exclusive design features. With their powerful engines, sophisticated all-wheel-drive systems, and enhanced driving dynamics, these models continue the legacy of the Golf R as a leader in the high-performance hatchback segment. So what do you think? A next gen Golf R, fit for the modernity of the automotive landscape? The Golf R Black edition, clean, stealth-like, seems like a perfect unison of VW power and aesthetic.

VW Golf R Black edition with sunset and empty seats in the background
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