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The Volkswagen Golf has been around for over four decades and is still one of the most popular hatches. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it has achieved legendary status. However, the company announced earlier this year that it retiring the car in the U.S. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t hear any more about it. In fact, we have some scoop right here. The 2021 Golf R came with a whole lot of performance enhancements included a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. But, Mat Watson of Carwow managed to do the run in four seconds flat!

That Is Some Serious Performance

0-60 MPH In 4 Seconds? That's Seriously the 2021 Volkswagen Golf R
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The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R is powered by the same engine as its predecessor – a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 315 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque, up from the previous model’s 288 ponies and 280 pound-feet of twist.

You can have it with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic.

Volkswagen claims that the Golf R can do the 60 mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds. However, Mat Watson was able to do it in 4.03 seconds; seven tenths of a second quicker than the official time. While the free-revving engine and the transmission play a big part, credit must also be given to the new all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and locking differentials on both the axles, and also the launch control!

Other salient features of the 2021 Golf R:

  • Six drive modes
  • Variable-ratio steering
  • Sport exhaust system
  • Larger front brakes
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 10-inch touchscreen system
  • Harmon-Kardon audio system

Check out the video below to see the sprint and the in-depth analysis of the latest Volkswagen Golf R.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read full bio
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